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.