After missing the best part of two seasons through injury, the 2016/17 campaign was supposed to signal the return of Manu Tuilagi.
However, despite featuring in the Leicester Tiger’s opening day victory over Gloucester, the big centre suffered yet another groin injury.
At the time it was believed that the injury would only keep Tuilagi on the sidelines for a short few weeks. However, speaking after his sides 34-14 win over Bath, Richard Cockerill told the BBC that the centre would be out of action for another six to eight weeks.
BREAKING: Manu Tuilagi is likely to be out for a further 6-8 weeks, according to Richard Cockerill.
— BBC Leicester Sport (@BBCRLSport) September 25, 2016
Such a time span effectively rules Tuilagi out of England’s Autumn schedule against Australia, Argentina and South Africa, and deny him yet another opportunity to start under Eddie Jones.
Speaking after the game, Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester, ‘His groin is tight and we want to rehab that and get it right so it is done with’.
It is a little bit frustrating for him obviously but he’s working really hard in his rehab – he’s in good nick, his weight’s good and his attitude is brilliant at the moment.
We’ve just got to be patient and when he’s right he’ll play.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena