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Twitter out of bounds at Leicester

Leicester players have been banned from using Twitter after Jordan Crane revealed he could be out for three months via the social networking site.

Crane, 24, injured his left ankle in Leicester's 17-13 pre-season win at Munster last Friday night and then shared his disappointment on Twitter.

The Leicester number eight, who suffered ankle ligament damage last season, initially wrote: "Ankle again bad times". Crane then followed it up on Monday with the message: "It's a dark day and it will be three long months."

Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill said Crane has "a bit of damage" in his ankle but insisted they are still waiting on the results of Wednesday's appointment with a specialist.

Cockerill said: "He is banned from Tweeting. The next time he does that I will break both his ankles.

"None of our players will be Tweeting or Facebooking anything about Leicester Rugby Club ever again."

Asked whether Cockerill was angry because Crane's message was wrong or just because he did not like reading it, Leicester captain Geordan Murphy stepped in.

"When you get an injury as a player you are always a hypochondriac. You always think the season is gone, type of thing," said the Ireland full-back.

"Until you have had three or four scans and spoken to a specialist it is not fair to comment on anything. Potentially it could be two weeks, potentially you could be finished. Who knows?

"It is probably not worth him speculating."

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