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Cheekbone break rules Tuilagi out for six weeks

27 October 2011

  • England centre Manu Tuilagi out for six weeks with broken cheekbone
  • No.9 Richard Wigglesworth to miss remainder of season with knee injury
England and Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi in action against Gloucester in the Aviva Premiership

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England and Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi is set to be out of action for the next six weeks after breaking a cheekbone in his first game back after Rugby World Cup 2011.

Tuilagi, who started all of England’s matches in New Zealand, returned to club action in last Friday's 40-14 home victory over Gloucester in the LV= Cup.

The 20-year-old continued his impressive international form with a try against the Cherry and Whites before being substituted after colliding with Scott Lawson.

That clash of heads turned out to be a break and Leicester Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill said: "Manu suffered a broken cheekbone after a clash of heads in the Gloucester game and we'll be without him for about six weeks."

Wigglesworth out for the season

England and Saracens scrum half Richard Wigglesworth in action at Rugby World Cup 2011

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The news on Tuilagi comes the day after knee surgery ruled England and Saracens scrum half Richard Wigglesworth out for the remainder of the season.

The 28-year-old suffered the injury during his club's LV= Cup victory over Exeter, being forced out of the action just 20 minutes into his return from the world cup.

And subsequent tests have revealed that Wigglesworth, who appeared in four of England’s five matches in New Zealand, has damaged his anterior cruciate ligament and will not be able to play for the rest of the campaign.

"It's a big blow for Wiggy who has been playing so well for Saracens and has worked so hard in the past 18 months to get himself back in the England side," Sarries Director of Rugby Mark McCall told the club's official website.

"In my opinion he was one of England's stand out players at the World Cup and it's a shame he will miss the 6 Nations.

As well as being ruled out of Saracens' Aviva Premiership title defence and Heineken Cup challenge, Wigglesworth will also miss the 2012 RBS 6 Nations competition.