Tuilagi suffers injury in win over Wasps
28 March, 2018, 12:00 am
Manu Tuilagi will undergo a scan on the chest injury he picked up during the Leicester Tigers’ thrilling 16-15 victory over Wasps on Sunday, the latest blow to the marauding centre’s hopes of making an England comeback.
Tuilagi has not played for England for more than two years because of a string of injuries, but the game against Wasps was his eighth consecutive start for Leicester in the Premiership.
The 26-year-old lasted 12 minutes before he signalled to the medical team that he could not continue, clutching the right side of his chest in distress.
The injury is on the other side of his chest from the torn pectoral muscle that sidelined him for six months in the 2013-14 season and there is hope he will make a quick recovery.
“He’s got a pec issue,” Leicester’s head coach Matt O’Connor told reporters. “He was pretty adamant he couldn’t continue, so from that point we know there’s something wrong with Manu.
“But he was pretty confident in the changing room it’s not a massive issue.” Tuilagi had hoped to win back his place in the national side for their tour of South Africa in June.