Manu Tuilagi: England and Leicester centre out for season

Manu Tuilagi
Manu Tuilagi made his England debut against Wales in 2011

Leicester and England centre Manu Tuilagi is set to miss the rest of the season because of a groin injury, says Tigers boss Richard Cockerill.

Tuilagi, 23, is still recovering from the injury he suffered in October.

Cockerill is confident Tuilagi will return in time to play at the World Cup for the national side, who came close to winning the Six Nations without him.

"He's improving all the time but the likelihood now is he may not play this season," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"The likelihood is he will be fit for June and he'll join England for their World Cup camp.

"Hopefully he'll be involved in the World Cup warm-ups and have a huge say in how England do."

Stuart Lancaster's tournament hosts get their World Cup campaign under way against Fiji at Twickenham on 18 September.

Before that, they face warm-up fixtures against France in August, both home and away, before a final run-out against Ireland at Twickenham on 5 September.

Samoa-born Tuilagi has won 25 caps and scored 11 tries for England, while also featuring once for the British and Irish Lions.

His last international outing came during England's 3-0 Series defeat to New Zealand in June.

As part of his treatment, Tuilagi has had prolotherapy - involving injections of a sugar solution.