Manu Tuilagi may take three months to recover
ESPN Staff
October 23, 2014
Manu Tuilagi is targeting the Six nations for his England comeback © AP

Manu Tuilagi could be back from the most painful injury of his career in just eight weeks but says he is prepared to take three months to avoid a recurrence.

Tuilagi's latest groin problem, which he suffered during Leicester's Champions Cup victory against Ulster at Welford Road on Saturday, meant he was left out of the England squad for the autumn internationals.

Coach Stuart Lancaster was hopeful the centre would soon be fit to return. However, in an interview due to be aired by BT Sport on Friday, Tuilagi reportedly said: "I will take my time.

"If it takes three months, then I will take three months off to make sure that it does not happen again. If I come back too soon I could be out for the rest of the season."

Tuilagi was hopeful that his return will come much sooner and has targeted Leicester's Champions Cup matches against Scarlets and Ulster in mid-January. England's Six Nations campaign, which begins against Wales in Cardiff in February, was also in his mind.

"The World Cup is still a quite a while away and for me the focus is just about getting back and hopefully getting to the Six Nations and just playing really for the Tigers," said Tuilagi, who missed last autumn's Test series with a bicep tear and has played with a torn ear.

"The scan has shown quite a big strain on the adductor and the pubis bone has come off a little bit. I need to let it settle down for a couple of weeks and then get crack on with the rehab. It will take about eight weeks to play. Fortunately it does not require an operation.

"I went to accelerate when I got the ball and there was no one in front of me and I thought 'I am in here'. I was about 20 metres from the try line. But after the first two steps I just heard a pop and I thought, 'Oh no, it has gone'.

"The pain straight away was unbearable. Normally I would try to run it off but I was on the floor and when I stood up I could just feel it badly.

"It is the most painful injury I have experienced. I felt it straight away and it didn't go away. Sometimes when you have a collision you get pain, but it goes away. This one didn't. I am just gutted to be missing the Test matches next month."

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