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Croft has minor knee surgery

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A minor knee operation will sideline Tom Croft for around six weeks, but Richard Cockerill has also revealed some good news on the injury front for Leicester Tigers.

Director of rugby Richard Cockerill confirmed after the win over Harlequins on Friday evening that international flanker Croft had had surgery on a knee problem.
“Tom obviously some work on his knee last season and when you get back to playing sometimes the joint can be irritated, it is just one of those things,” Cockerill said.
“On Thursday he had a screw taken out of his knee which was irritating the joint. He’s probably out for five to six weeks. It is disappointing for him and us, but he will be back soon.”
Better news came in the form of the return to action of Manu Tuiagi in Friday’s win over Quins at Welford Road and the news that fellow centres Anthony Allen, Christian Loamanu and Seremaia Bai all are approaching fitness again.

Tuilagi had missed the three matches since the win at Exeter in September but came through the full 80 minutes on Friday, while Mathew Tait recovered from the knock he took at Gloucester last weekend to also come through the full game. Michele Rizzo and Brad Thorn, who made their first appearances after injury in the defeat at Gloucester, also came through their first run-out at Welford Road.
“They’re all important guys for us so it is pleasing to see them on their way back,” added Cockerill.