Tom Croft is set to miss the England’s Six Nations campaign after an injury for Leceister Tigers.The 25-year-old Leicester player has been sidelined since suffering the injury in the Test defeat by South Africa at Twickenham.
The club’s director of rugby Richard Cockerill says the injury will require another six to eight weeks to heal.
England open their Six Nations campaign against Wales on 4 February.
That match will almost certainly come too soon for him, though there remains a slim chance he could feature at some stage, with the last round of fixtures seeing England face Ireland on 19 March.
Tom Croft has signed a new contract with the Leicester rugby team. The 25-year-old England and British & Irish Lions back-rower has made 87 appearances for the Tigers since his 2005 debut, scoring 17 tries.
Director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: “Everyone here is delighted that Tom has signed a new contract.
“He came through our academy and is now a top-class player. He really wanted to stay and we really wanted him to stay.”
Leicester Tigers lock Geoff Parling is out for the season after damaging his knee ligaments. Parling returned to action after four months out with a neck injury in Friday’s win over Harlequins – his first appearance of the season.
But, just two minutes after coming on as a replacement, Parling caught his studs in the turf and twisted his knee.
“It’s a crying shame for us and for him,” Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester.
“It’s horrendous for him first and foremost – and really bad news for us because we thought we were getting him back and he would really bolster our second row and forward options. It is a massive loss.