The Leicester Tigers have been dealt a blow ahead of their crucial back-to-back Champions Cup fixtures against Munster over the next two weeks.
The Tigers travel to Thomond Park this Saturday looking to avenge their humiliating 38-0 defeat at the hands of the southern province in the same competition last season.
The two games will undoubtedly be hugely physical and attritional affairs and the news that Ellis Genge must undergo shoulder surgery will come as a huge blow to Matt O’Connor’s side who would have been relying on Genge for his explosive play in the loose.
Genge suffered damage to his shoulder in his side’s loss to Wasps at the weekend and the surgery will likely lead to a recovery time of two months which means he is likely to miss the beginning of England’s Six Nations campaign.
Head coach O’Connor said:
“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.
“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.”
Because of this, the Tigers have recalled Italy international prop Michele Rizzo from his loan spell at Edinburgh and has subsequently been registered in the side’s Champions Cup squad.
The Tigers face Munster this Saturday at Thomond Park before welcoming Johann van Graan’s side to Welford Road the following Sunday.