Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Croft avoids shoulder operation

Tom Croft

England flanker Tom Croft does not require surgery on his fractured right shoulder, the Rugby Football Union have confirmed.

Croft visited a specialist who failed to uncover any injury to the joint other that the damage to his scapula.

However, the 25-year-old must wait until later in the month before a timescale for his return can be determined.

An RFU statement read: "Tom will be treated by Leicester's medical team in consultation with the England medics.

"The injury will be scanned again in three weeks time when a further announcement will be made."

Croft sustained the injury in last Saturday's 21-11 defeat by South Africa and spent the night in Charing Cross hospital.

It is hope he will be fit for the start of England's RBS 6 Nations campaign against Wales in Cardiff on February 4.

More immediately, Croft is set to miss Leicester's Aviva Premiership clash with London Irish this weekend and the Tigers' back-to-back Heineken Cup encounters with Perpignan.

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