Leicester’s bid to wrestle back control of their Champions Cup destiny could be boosted by the return of Manu Tuilagi and Matt Toomua.
The Tigers slipped to the bottom of Pool 4 following their 33-10 defeat to Munster Saturday and will face the Irish province again at Welford Road this weekend.
A bonus-point win would catapult Leicester right back into contention for a place in the knockout stages, and they could well be able to call on their pair of international centres.
“I’ve no doubt we’ll be significantly better next week but whether that will be good enough, I don’t know,” Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor said.
“We will go into next Sunday with a lot of confidence we can be better than that. Manu Tuilagi is training, we just took the view that we couldn’t include him in the 23 this week with the other bumps and bruises in our group.
“He’ll have another week of training like Matt Toomua. Tatafu Polota-Nau arrived on Friday. There are blokes coming in who will give us a lift ahead of the return.”
Tuilagi has endured an injury-hit few seasons — winning just one England cap since 2014 — and revealed last month that he had seen a witch doctor in order to cure his various ailments.