Season over for Croft

Wed, 11 Sep 2013 14:14
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The damage is to the ACL

Leicester Tigers have confirmed that Tom Croft faces the rest of the season on the sidelines after surgery on a knee injury.

The England loose forward suffered the injury in the first match of the Premiership season against Worcestor Warriors on Sunday, and is set to miss the entire club season as well as the Six Nations.

Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "Tom had a bang on the knee at the end of Sunday's game against Worcester which seemed innocuous but, after further investigation, it appears the damage is to the ACL, the cruciate. He had surgery on that yesterday and it is likely his season is over.

"It is horrendous bad luck for Tom. He came back from a neck injury last year to play so well for Leicester, England and the British and Irish Lions, and he is a world-class player. But these things happen in sport.

"He will make a full recovery, but it just takes time. It is a big blow for him and for us, but we will look forward to welcoming him back when he has fully recovered," he added.