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England rugby star Tom Croft suffers major injury
BASINGSTOKE-BORN rugby player Tom Croft has been ruled out for the entire season after suffering a serious knee injury.
The 27-year-old, who grew up in Kingsclere, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in club side Leicester Tiger's opening game of the season against Worcester on Saturday.
He underwent surgery on Tuesday and will be out of action for the entire domestic campaign, meaning he will also miss England's games in the Autumn Internationals and Six Nations.
Flanker Croft also missed a large chunk of last season after breaking a bone in his neck. He returned to fitness in January, featuring in the Six Nations, helping Leicester to the Premiership title and playing two Tests for the Lions against Australia in the summer.
Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "We felt it was relatively innocuous but the ACL was ruptured.
"It's horrendous bad luck for Tom because it is only last year that he came back from a very bad neck injury and did so well for England and the Lions as well.
"But these things happen. Tom will make a full recovery but it's his season over. It's a blow but we have just got to get on with things."
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