The Leicester centre faces yet another long spell on the sidelines after sustaining the injury against Bath on Saturday, reports the Express.
The 26-year-old centre will have a minor operation on Thursday after tearing knee ligaments during his try-scoring, competitive comeback for Leicester; against Bath at Welford Road last Sunday.
It’s a major setback for the player, club and country with England coach Eddie Jones having cleared the way for his inclusion in the squad for the autumn internationals.
The early prognosis is thought to be that Tuilagi should only require three to four weeks’ recovery time, which would mean he could be back in training by the start of October.
However, whether or not that leads to a prompt playing return is uncertain, as he has often healed slowly, in the aftermath of so many injuries and operations in recent years.
Tuilagi has played just 17 minutes for England since Jones took charge in 2015 and has not started a Test for his country since 2014.