Leicester Tigers have been hit with yet more injury trouble.
This last last year Leicester Tigers fans were drooling over the prospect of watching Manu Tuilagi and Matt Toomua link up in midfield this season.
The Australian international had just come off the back of Australia’s World Cup campaign and was an important member of their Rugby Championship winning squad last season. Consequently, many considered the 26 year-old to be the ideal play-maker to unleash players such as Tuilagi, Peter Betham, JP Pietersen and Telusa Veainu.
However the former Brumbies player arrived at Welford Road injured, and has only managed to make two appearances for Leicester. The first of which was against the Glasgow Warriors, a game in which Toomua could have been sent for a tip-tackle on Finn Russell.
His second appearance for the Tigers saw Toomua limp off the field with what looked to be a minor injury. However the BBC have since reported that the 33 times capped international suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage during Sunday’s 27-17 European Champions Cup win over Racing 92.
As a result, Toomua has been ruled out of action for six months.
The news could not have come at a worse time for Richard Cockerill. Not only has the Tigers boss been without Tuilagi for much of the current campaign, he now finds himself under pressure from some quarters following an inconsistent start to the season.
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