Tait suffers further injury woe
December 21, 2011
Tigers supporters will hope to see Mathew Tait back on the field sooner rather than later © Getty Images
Mathew Tait's injury problems show no signs of abating following the news he looks likely to spend an additional three months on the sidelines.
The England back has suffered from a variety of injuries since his star performances in the 2007 World Cup but following his summer move to the Leicester Tigers from Sale Sharks, he had hoped that they were behind him. But following just two starts this season for his club side, Tait's on-going groin problems reared their head again and it looks unlikely that he will feature again until March.
"Mat still has issues with his groin and that will take several weeks still to get right," Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill told the Leicester Mercury. "It has taken a long time to settle down.
"He has been to Zurich to see the best man he can see, and now he is going under a course of treatment to hopefully solve that. It will be eight, 10 or maybe 12 weeks before he is playing again.
"That will be a mix of both rest and some treatment."
And Cockerill - who brought Tait across from the Sharks- hopes to see him back on the field replicating the same sort of form which saw him earn 38 England caps in the past.
"It has been a tough time for him," said Cockerill. "But we have to deal with it and, hopefully, he will come through the other side and be as good as we know he can be.
"His speed and step is world-class but the forces that go through your body, when that happens, are big ones. Let's hope, at his age, he can get through this and play again for us."
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