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Manu Tuilagi ruled out for next three months

The centre needs surgery on his meniscus and is set to be on the sidelines for 12 weeks. Photo: PA

Manu Tuilagi has been ruled out for the next three months after suffering a knee strain which will stop him playing for England this autumn.

The Leicester Tigers centre suffered a long-term injury last season and the most recent injury signifies another setback.

The 26-year-old requires surgery and the recovery time is expected to take around 12 weeks.

Tigers head coach, Matt O’Connor, spoke to leicestertigers.com:

Manu has worked really hard with the medical and conditioning teams to come back from long-term injury and was starting to find his feet again on the pitch, but he’s just been very unlucky with this one.

It was an innocuous bump, a freak incident in the game. On closer inspection there is some damage to the meniscus which needs to be addressed. We look forward to having him back at the end of his recovery period.

– Matt O'Connor