Manu Tuilagi forced off injured against Saracens

6:30 PM GMT

Manu Tuilagi was forced off injured in the early stages of Leicester’s Aviva Premiership clash against Saracens at Welford Road on Sunday.

Tuilagi was named in England’s 33-man pre-Six Nations training squad on Saturday after returning to fitness following his groin injury.

But just nine minutes into Sunday’s match, Tuilagi was forced off after sustaining a bang to the knee as he was brought to ground by the Saracens defence after a barnstorming run. He will have a scan on Monday to determine the severity of the injury.

“He got a bang on the outside of his right knee and we don’t know the extent of the injury yet,” Tigers boss Richard Cockerill said. “His groin is feeling great so that’s one good thing, there’s always a positive.

“It’s disappointing because he is important to us. Normally it’s 24 hours so we will see how it has settled down in the morning to see if there’s any swelling.

“It might just be a bang and a bit of swelling, it might be a couple of weeks. I’m just guessing.”

Leicester and England now face a nervous wait to see how bad the injury is with the Six Nations starting on February 4 with a Test against France at Twickenham.

Tuilagi has missed much of the last two years with his troublesome groin injury and last started for England on their 2014 tour of New Zealand.

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