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Leicester Tigers have been hit by the news fly-half Toby Flood will miss the opening game of the season against Worcester at Welford Road on Sunday.
The 28-year-old was left with concussion following a high tackle in last weekend’s pre-season friendly win over Ulster and the Tigers will take no chances on him.
Tests and scans on the England international have revealed no further damage but Leicester rugby director Richard Cockerill says they have been advised to leave him out of the Aviva Premiership opener.
It will not be long before he is back in action though and the game against Bath on September 14th has already been pencilled in.
“He was concussed, but there are no broken bones and all the scans are clear, so that’s all good,” Leicester rugby director Richard Cockerill told the Leicester Mercury.
“We will stand him down for this weekend because on medical advice that was the right thing to do,” Cockerill revealed.
“We will integrate him back into rugby next week, and he may well play against Bath (on September 14).
“If not, certainly against Newcastle the following weekend.
“We want our best players out on the field, but we will just get on with things without Toby.”