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.”
In his absence, Tigers have added hookers Jake Kerr and Ross McMillan to the list of players registered for the European Cup.
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.