Manu Tuilagi to miss rest of season with cruciate knee ligament injury

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Leicester have announced their England centre Manu Tuilagi will miss the rest of the season due to a cruciate knee ligament injury, which will certainly rule him out of the Six Nations and may have serious implications on his involvement in the Lions tour.

The centre was injured during Leicester’s 12-16 defeat to Saracens, only his sixth game following a two-month lay-off because of a groin problem, and hobbled off after only eight minutes at Welford Road, having fallen awkwardly in a double tackle.

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