Six Nations
England hit by Croft injury
Scrum.com
January 17, 2010
Leicester's Tom Croft is helped off after injuring his knee, Leicester Tigers v Viadana, Heineken Cup, Welford Road, Leicester, England, January 16, 2010
Tom Croft is out for five weeks © Getty Images
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England have been rocked by the news that Leicester flanker Tom Croft has been ruled out of action for five weeks with a knee injury.

Croft had to be helped from the field just 27 minutes into his club's Heineken Cup clash with Viadana after damaging medial ligaments in his left knee - the same knee which kept him out of action for six weeks earlier in the season.

"It's a blow for the lad to injure the same knee, and while England manager Martin Johnson might be concerned about Tom's Six Nations situation, my only concern is that we won't have him in Swansea next weekend," Tigers boss Richard Cockerill said, alluding to his side's crucial European showdown with the Ospreys. "I have my job to do, Martin has his. But Crofty is a world class player who hadn't seen action for ages. He needed playing time, so I had no qualms starting him."

Croft's injury means that he is now set to miss the February 6 clash with Wales at Twickenham and the trip to Rome to face Italy eight days later. Wales too have an injury worry ahead of the game, with scrum-half Dwayne Peel limping out of Sale's loss to Cardiff with a groin injury and now awaiting a scan.

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