David Denton has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2018/19 season on medical grounds, due to continued issues experienced after suffering a concussion in round six of the Gallagher Premiership in October.
After consulting with the Tigers medical team and concussion experts, the decision was made to sit the 29-year-old out for the remainder of the campaign in the interests of player welfare and improved chances of recovery for the Scotland international.
Denton moved to Leicester last summer from the Worcester Warriors and made six appearances for the club in the opening six rounds of the Premiership season before suffering the head injury in the win against Northampton Saints at Twickenham.
Speaking about the decision on Denton, Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy said: “It’s not ideal and we have missed Dave in the pack after he had a strong start to his time at the club at the beginning of this season, but his health is paramount and we’re not in the business of risking players’ well-being.
“Ultimately, the decision was taken out of his hands by experts and he’s disappointed to not be out there with the lads but understands the importance of the situation and his long-term health.
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“He will continue to work with our medical staff, alongside strength and conditioning coaches, towards a return for next season for the club.”
Tigers back row Denton added: “I would obviously rather be out there with the lads at the moment, it has been a difficult season and one I wish I could have played a bigger role in alongside the rest of the squad.
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“It has been a frustrating period for me on the sidelines but this decision allows me some clarity, which is nice, and I can aim towards getting back to full fitness to make a big impact next season.
“Concussion is a serious thing and I’m very appreciative to the medical staff at the club and experts I’ve consulted for their care and understanding throughout the season.”
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