Tuilagi return date changes again

Date published: October 23 2014

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Manu Tuilagi is taking a cautious approach when it comes to his latest injury, with the Leicester centre now out until Christmas.

Manu Tuilagi is taking a cautious approach when it comes to his latest injury, with the Leicester centre now out until Christmas.

There is good reason for that. Missing out on next year’s Rugby World Cup because of an unsolved problem now would be a disaster not just for the 23-year-old, but also for England.

For now Tuilagi is definitely out of the November Tests against New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia.

He missed three weeks of action for Leicester earlier in the season due to another groin injury, but this time around the matter is more serious.

Coming off in the Champions Cup clash with Ulster, Tuilagi knows that the injury could have been worse but also that it will take eight weeks for him to play again after a scan.

If it takes longer, so be it.

“The scan has shown quite a big strain on the adductor and the pubis bone has come off a little bit,” Tuilagi told the Telegraph.

“I need to let it settle down for a couple of weeks and then get crack on with the rehab. It will take about eight weeks to play.

“It is not as bad as I first thought. I thought it would be worse because of my pubis.

“Fortunately it does not require an operation but it will probably be eight weeks before I can play again. But I will take my time.

“If it takes three months, then I will take three months off to make sure that it does not happen again. If I come back too soon I could be out for the rest of the season.”

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