Leicester Tigers and England loosehead prop Ellis Genge has been ruled out of action until 2019 after undergoing surgery on a knee injury sustained during an England training session last month in. South Africa.
Genge also suffered an extended spell on the sidelines last season following shoulder surgery, missing for large parts of the 2017/18 campaign for both Leicester and England.
"It is obviously very disappointing for him and for us," Leicester head coach Matt O'Connor told the club website.
"He will miss the first phase of the season and we're probably looking at him playing again in the new year at this stage.
"But he's working hard on his recovery and will be good to go when he comes through that rehab."
News of Genge's extended layoff rules out the 23-year-old Bristol Academy product out of England's Autumn Internationals. Genge's absence will likely affect the Tigers most, with Samoan international Logovi'i Mulipola heading north to join Newcastle Falcons, utility frontrow Greg Bateman stands as the favourite for a starting role, with second in line Gaston Cortez yet to feature for Leicester after making his switch from Bristol Bears during the off-season.
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