England centre Tuilagi OUT of Scotland clash
The Leicester midfielder was retained on Monday in a 34-man training squad to prepare for this weekend’s game at Murrayfield despite having limped off 16 minutes into Sunday’s 24-17 defeat to France in Paris.
Jones confirmed on Tuesday that Tuilagi will not be available in Edinburgh, but is hopeful the 28-year-old will be back for the rest of the championship.
“Manu had his MRI scan (on Monday night) and he has a slight, low-grade adductor strain,” the Australian said. “We’re hopeful he’ll be fit for Ireland. It’s very good news, outstanding news.”
Here is Tuilagi’s injury record over the years:
2012: Missed Six Nations matches against Italy and Scotland because of a hamstring problem.
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2013: Ruled out for six months because of a torn chest muscle.
2014: Initially sidelined for three games because of a groin injury only for a recurrence to result in a 15-month absence.
2016: Knee, groin, hamstring and another groin injury decimate his 2016.
2017: Ruled out for six months because of a damaged cruciate knee ligament, visiting a witch doctor in Samoa in an attempt to heal.
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2018: Suffers chest injury towards the end of the season, ruling him out of the summer tour to South Africa.
2019: Incurs minor hamstring injury then suffers minor groin injury that runs into 2020.
– Press Association
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