Leicester Tigers wing Sam Aspland-Robinson will be on the sidelines for up to six months following a leg injury.
The 22-year-old sustained the blow during the opening round of the European Challenge Cup against Pau at Welford Road where he was replaced in the seventh minute. This is Aspland-Robinson's second setback in the season after having a foot injury in the opening game of the Premiership Rugby Cup.
Leicester Tigers head coach Geordan Murphy expressed disappointment on the news on Aspland-Robinson's injury.
“At this stage, we don’t expect to see Sam back until well into the New Year,” said Murphy to the official website of the club.
“He had an x-ray following the match which showed a fracture and will meet with a surgeon, who will help determine as to whether he needs surgery and the full extent of the injury.
“We’re all gutted for Sam, he’s worked hard to get his way back into the side. he had a great pre-season and has been waiting for his opportunity since Worcester. He's been training brilliantly and I was excited to get him out against Pau.
“What we do know is that he will put everything into his rehab and return fitter and stronger.”
With 41-20 win over Pau, Leicester Tigers are positioned second in Pool 5 of the Challenge Cup and will face Cardiff Blues in the second round at Cardiff Arms Park on 23rd November.