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Leicester's Owen Williams faces lay-off with broken jaw

Leicester fly-half Owen Williams is expected to be sidelined for around eight weeks after breaking his jaw during the Tigers' Aviva Premiership victory over Northampton last Saturday.

Tigers rugby director Richard Cockerill confirmed that 23-year-old Williams, who has been touted as a contender for Wales' RBS 6 Nations squad this season, suffered a double fracture.

"O wen has had surgery, and the injury is obviously very disappointing for him and for us because he has been playing well," Cockerill told Leicester's official website.

"It is unfortunate for Owen, but we have Freddie Burns and Tommy Bell available at fly-half and they've been playing well too."

Flanker Brendon O'Connor also faces a lengthy spell out.

The Tigers openside suffered a hamstring injury during the early stages of the Saints game at Welford Road, and Leicester say he is likely to be absent "for several weeks".

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