September 11, 2013 / 2:37 PM / 4 years ago

England flanker Croft out of Six Nations

(Reuters) - England flanker Tom Croft will miss next years Six Nations championship after picking up a knee ligament injury, Leicester director of rugby Richard Cockerill said on Wednesday.

British and Irish Lions' Tom Croft is tackled during their rugby union test match against the Australia Wallabies at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane June 22, 2013. REUTERS/David Gray

Croft, who was part of the British and Irish Lions squad who triumphed in Australia this year, sustained the injury in Leicester’s Premiership win over Worcester last weekend.

The 27-year-old, who started the first Lions test against Australia, also missed most of last season after breaking his neck in April 2012.

“It’s horrendous bad luck for Tom. He came back from a neck injury last year to play so well for Leicester, England and the British and Irish Lions,” Cockerill told the club website.

“He will make a full recovery but it just takes time.”

Reporting by Michael Hann; Editing by John Mehaffey

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