England coach Eddie Jones confident of Manu Tuilagi's comeback

Eddie Jones expects Manu Tuilagi to overcome his latest injury setback
Eddie Jones expects Manu Tuilagi to overcome his latest injury setback

England coach Eddie Jones is expecting Sale Sharks centre Manu Tuilagi to make a strong comeback following his latest injury setback.

Tuilagi recently recovered from an Achilles injury that he sustained in September last year and has played just three times for his club Sale Sharks since then. He was named in the England squad for the summer series by Jones.

However, the 30-year-old was withdrawn from the squad after having a knock during Sale's Premiership semi-final defeat against Exeter last weekend and will now miss England's summer series campaign against the USA and Canada.

“It’s a slight hamstring injury, he’ll be out for a couple of weeks so we won’t play him this series,” said Jones.

“But we’ve been really pleased with his progress, I think it’s been very positive for him to come back from his achilles and play with such vim and vigour.

“He’s been outstanding, so it’s just a small, little setback.

“And it will allow him to have a really good pre-season and we expect him back next year in very good condition.

“So it’s very positive, very positive".

Tuilagi has played 43 Tests for England since his international debut in 2011 and also made a solitary appearance for the British and Irish Lions that came during the 2013 tour of Australia.