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Youngs out until 2019

Leicester Tigers have received a fresh injury blow.

Hooker Tom Youngs will be out until the New Year after the club confirmed the extent of his knee injury.

A statement on the club website read: “Tom Youngs will miss Leicester Tigers’ fixtures through December after suffering a knee injury.”

Interim head coach Geordan Murphy confirmed that the injury suffered in the home game against Saracens a fortnight ago will keep the club captain on the sidelines for several weeks.

“Tom doesn’t need an operation on his knee, but he has a medial tear,” said Murphy. “Hopefully it is not too severe and he should be back in the new year at some stage.”

The club have now added Jake Kerr and Ross McMillan to the list of players registered for the European Cup as replacements.

The club also gave the following injury updates: “Guy Thompson returned to training this week after missing two games with a cut above the knee in the Gallagher Premiership defeat at Gloucester in November, but fellow back-rower David Denton is still to come back following a head injury in the win over Northampton. Telusa Veianu (foot), Mathew Tait (Achilles) and Harry Simmons (knee) are on the longer-term injury list.”

Tigers won their Round 2 match against Scarlets, but have not won back-to-back matches in the tournament since 2015/16. Racing 92 host the Geordan Murphy coached side at the Paris La Défense Arena on Sunday.

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Youngs out until 2019