Leicester Tigers have confirmed that England international Ellis Genge will be on the sidelines for two months following a shoulder injury.
The 22-year-old suffered the injury during the stroke of half-time in last weekend's Aviva Premiership clash against Wasps which his side went on to lose 32-25.
Genge underwent a scan following the game and it has been confirmed that he will require a surgery that makes him doubtful for England's Six Nations campaign in February next year.
"We've had the results of the scan back and Ellis is going to need some minor surgery, which will mean a couple of months out of the game," Tigers head coach Matt O'Connor told the club's official website.
"It's obviously very disappointing for him and for us because he has been outstanding so far this season and has been in the England squad during the autumn. But we will look forward to his return in due course."
Genge has featured for England in five Tests with four of it coming this year including the recently concluded autumn international clash against Samoa.
Italy international Michele Rizzo has been recalled from his loan spell at Edinburgh Rugby as cover and has been registered for the Tigers' squad in the European Champions Cup.
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