Manu Tuilagi is set to miss England’s autumn Tests because of a groin injury
Richard Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester he expected Tuilagi to be out for six to eight weeks
Tuilagi scored in Leicester’s opening game of the season
Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi will be out for a minimum of two months after exacerbating a previous groin injury.
“He has still got a tight groin. We are hoping he will be back on the field within six to eight weeks,” Leicester boss Richard Cockerill said after his side’s 34-14 win over Bath on Sunday.
The lengthy time off means the England star will miss the international incoming tour later this year which will be a massive blow considering he hasn’t represented his adopted nation since 2014.
“It’s tough, tough for everyone. We will support him, and he’s working hard.
“When we get to six to eight weeks, we will see. It might be another three.
“He is a world-class player. He doesn’t want to be injured, we don’t want him to be injured. We want him on the field.
“His groin is not right, and we are going to get it right. When it’s right he will play. At the moment we are hoping it will be six to eight weeks – if it’s not, it’s not.
“He is running and it’s nowhere as severe as it was. It’s tight, and we want to get rid of that.”
England take on South Africa at Twickenham on November 12 and are scheduled to play another three Tests against Fiji, Argentina and Australia.