Tuilagi to miss November Tests

Date published: October 22 2014

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England have been dealt a hammer blow with the news that Manu Tuilagi could miss all of their November Tests next month.

England have been dealt a hammer blow with the news that Manu Tuilagi could miss all of their November Tests next month.

Tuilagi had been a doubt for the game against New Zealand on November 8 following a reoccurrence of a groin injury against Ulster that kept him out earlier in the season.

The Leicester centre was then sidelined for three weeks but is expected to be out for much longer this time around according to Richard Cockerill.

“He’s had scans and we are just waiting for the exact prognosis but he clearly will be missing for a few weeks as a minimum, we will have to see where we get to,” Cockerill told reporters on Tuesday.

“I don’t think he will be fit for the autumn internationals for sure. You would imagine it will be four weeks plus before he is back on the field.

“The club and England are very closely aligned. We had the doctor in yesterday, everyone is aware of the situation and it’s a continual dialogue.

“It’s a slightly different injury. He went to push off and accelerate. He thought he was going to score.

“He felt his groin go and there was no power. For Manu to come off immediately after that was unusual. He was in a fair bit of pain.

“At this point we just need to find out exactly what the problem is and find the right treatment for him.”

Tuilagi’s absence would open the door for in-form Bath centre Jonathan Joseph at 13, while England may also use the pairing of Billy Twelvetrees and Luther Burrell which they rolled out during the 2014 Six Nations.

However neither of those alternatives have the same impact as Tuilagi, England’s biggest threat in the backs who has caused New Zealand problems in the past.

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