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Good news, Ulster: Manu Tuilagi to miss Heineken Cup opener

The explosive centre has a suspected torn pectoral muscle and will also be missing for England’s November fixtures.

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LEICESTER TIGERS AND England have been dealt a blow today with the news that centre Manu Tuilagi may require surgery on a suspected torn pectoral muscle.

Tuilagi suffered the injury in his first game of the season, Saturday’s Premiership win over Newcastle, and is now face ‘weeks leading to months’ on the sidelines according to Tigers director of rugby, Richard Cockerill.

“These things happen,” Cockerill told The Telegraph.

“Hopefully, he will not be out for too long. Six to eight weeks at best but it may be longer depending how much damage there is.”

The injury comes less than three weeks before the opening rounds of the Heineken Cup where Leicester will visit Ravenhill to face Ulster.

Tigers host Treviso in round two of the European Cup, but the prognosis for the centre makes him unlikely for Englandls November Tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand.

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