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Tuilagi suffers broken cheekbone

England and Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi is set to be out of action for the next six weeks after breaking a cheekbone.

Leicester have confirmed Tuilagi's anticipated length of absence, which will see him miss a run of key games for the Aviva Premiership strugglers.

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "Manu suffered a broken cheekbone after a clash of heads in the Gloucester game and we'll be without him for about six weeks."

Tuilagi returned to club action, after his World Cup involvement, in last Friday's 40-14 home victory over Gloucester and scored a try in an impressive performance before being substituted after colliding with Scott Lawson.

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