Manu Tuilagi is out for at least six weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury in the thrilling win over South Africa … with central England’s Six Nations campaign in doubt as to whether he needs surgery.
- Manu Tuilagi’s rugby manager in Sale, Alex Sanderson, is ‘gutted’ for the center
- The 30-year-old had just returned from an 18-month hiatus in England.
- Tuilagi scored the first try when England beat South Africa 27-26 on Saturday.
- The former Leicester player may be out for 12 weeks if his injury requires surgery
Sale’s rugby manager Alex Sanderson is “frustrated” that Manu Tuilagi could be facing a significant spell with a hamstring injury suffered in England.
A scan revealed that Tuilagi suffered a third degree tear while scoring the first down in Saturday’s 27-26 win over South Africa and will see a specialist in the next few days to determine if he needs surgery.
If surgery can be avoided, the 30-year-old powerhouse will be out of service for six to eight weeks, but the alternative is an eight to 12-week layoff that would affect its availability to the Six Nations.
Manu Tuilagi was sent off with a hamstring injury during England’s win over South Africa.
The 30-year-old appeared to compound an existing problem after scoring the game’s first try.
What muddies the waters is that his right leg was bandaged before kickoff, indicating a pre-existing problem that was exacerbated when he accelerated and then dove over the line.
Sanderson has revealed that the Sale and England medical teams were in contact in preparation for the final fall test and refuses to blame the international setup, while emphasizing the need to take a risk-free approach to fitness. of Tuilagi.
“Apparently the scan showed a grade zero hamstring tear and I think we were shown evidence of that before the game,” Sanderson said.
I’m sure they wouldn’t have pushed him through training if something had turned up on that scan. They came out of the scanner as zero degree.
‘You would love to have someone to blame in this circumstance. You would love to point the finger at someone and say ‘it’s your fault’.
Manu is prone to injury, as we all know. Regardless of where you are in terms of what the scan has said is wrong with your hamstring, you need to avoid injury with Manu. That is my understanding of him.
That’s the tactic we’ve used and that’s why we’ve rested it as much as we did. If you overdo it, regardless of how you feel, you will injure yourself.
“I’m frustrated, of course I’m frustrated, but I can’t say it’s England’s fault because all the medical advice suggests this is something unique.
I am really heartbroken. I’m heartbroken for it and heartbroken that we were handling it well and then something like that happens.
Alex Sanderson has refused to blame England and says he is ‘gutted’ by the powerful center
Tuilagi’s availability in the Six Nations may be affected if his latest injury requires surgery.
‘There are still ongoing discussions between your physiotherapists and ours. Communication between them is very open and transparent.
“We know exactly how much he loads weekly, what the plan is for him, the meters he travels.
‘I cannot dictate or assume about a group of people who have 100 years of medical experience.
“I can’t say how we should handle it, I have to rely on their advice and experience.”
Tuilagi’s career has been haunted by a series of major injuries, the most recent of which was a torn Achilles tendon that contributed to an 18-month hiatus in his career in England that ended this fall.
“It would be difficult if he was 24 or 25 and that was his biggest breakthrough on the international scene. But he’s been taking it easy, ”Sanderson said.
‘It has happened and it is not an injury that defines his career or even a season for him. It shouldn’t affect the end of the season, which will be great for him, great for us and great for England. It should bounce back pretty strong. He’s a quick healer. ‘