The news that every Leicester Tigers and England fan dreaded has been confirmed – Manu Tuilagi’s season is over following another knee injury. With it go any hopes of Six Nations or British and Irish Lions involvement.
According to the Telegraph, scans on the centre’s knee following the Tigers’ 18-12 defeat to Saracens at the weekend have confirmed that significant ligament damage had occurred and the injury riddled England international is now set for another prolonged absence from the game.
Having endured a 15 month stint on the sidelines due to a debilitating groin injury between 2014 and 2016, Tuilagi had only just been named in Eddie Jones’ Six Nations squad where he was likely hoping to put his hand up for Lions selection in the summer.
News of the injury is a massive blow to England’s preparations for their Six Nations title defence and for the player himself, it represents another worrying time for the Samoan native.
Having missed much of the last two seasons through injury, this season ending injury will mean that since one of the most lucrative contracts in English Premiership history, Tuilagi will have only played in 11 Premiership games in the last three seasons, a fact that will surely be a frustration for Leicester, who have invested so much in the talented centre.
Let’s hope the 25-year-old can make a full and speedy recovery.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena