Leicester’s Slater in doubt for England at RWC 2015

Leicester Tigers captain Ed Slater could miss out on playing for England at the 2015 Rugby World Cup after being ruled out for the rest of the season.

Twenty-six-year-old Slater toured New Zealand in June with England and tore his cruciate ligament in England’s 7-38 midweek victory over the Crusaders.

Slater is expected to miss the rest of this season after having knee surgery and he is only expected to be back to full fitness six weeks before England kick off their World Cup campaign against Fiji at Twickenham on the 18th of September 2015.

“It’s horrific for Ed in many ways,” Leicester’s director of rugby, Richard Cockerill told the Guardian.

“He has been in the England squad and just taken on the captaincy here at the club.”

“He is in good hands with our medical team, he’s started his rehab from the surgery and we look forward to his return to training and playing in due course. He will come back better and fresher than ever, whenever that may be. As ever, we will stick by him.

“It’s a critical year for us and for him with the World Cup coming up, and the likelihood is that he is not going to play a game between now and pre-season next year.

“He will probably spend the next 12 weeks off his feet and it will be a long way back. He has had his ACL reconstructed and he will be pretty much out for the season.”

The loss of Slater has been eased a little for Leicester by the arrival of summer signing world cup winner 39-year-old Brad Thorn from New Zealand who had been signed as a replacement for Steve Mafi who has left to play Super Rugby for the Western Force in Perth Australia.

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