Telusa Veainu faces months out of action after suffering a double jaw fracture in Leicester’s Champions Cup defeat to Munster.
The 26-year-old collided with Munster’s Irish international wing Andrew Conway early in the second half of the 33-10 defeat. Both players had to leave the field of play.
He had surgery yesterday and O’Connor said he will be sidelined for several months.
Leicester boss Matt O’Connor confirmed after tonight’s game that Telusa Veainu suffered a broken jaw from this clash with Andrew Conway. Nasty stuff indeed for both men. pic.twitter.com/8JwAJn5lTo
— RugbyLAD (@RugbyLAD7) December 10, 2017
“It is very disappointing,” Leicester head coach Matt O’Connor told the club’s official website, while also confirming an expected absence of several months for Veainu.
“I said immediately after the game there is a duty of care for the ball-carrier, and Telusa has been seriously injured after a collision with an opponent’s shoulder and head which will make him miss a key part of the season.
“We look forward to his full recovery and getting him back on the field in due course,”
The Tigers will need to beat Munster in next weekend’s return fixture as they are presently five points adrift of the Irish province with three pool matches remaining.