Taute to spend 'extended' spell on sidelines
Leicester Tigers have confirmed Jaco Taute will spend an "extended" spell on the sidelines after suffering a torn bicep.
The 28-year-old sustained the injury to his left arm in the 36-3 defeat at Sale Sharks on February 21 and the club's medical team have been assessing him this week.
Leicester say "scans showed a disruption" and confirmed he will "undergo exploratory surgery", ruling him out for up to three months.
Head coach Geordan Murphy told Leicester's official website: "It's very disappointing for Jaco and all of us at the club.
"Jaco had a delayed start to the season with a knee complaint but, since starting his career in Leicester, has performed well for us in the midfield and provided a calm, experienced head in each game he has played.
"We know he will be diligent in his recovery and are hopeful of seeing him back in action this season, but we will not be rushing anything that could see him have another disrupted pre-season programme.
"Jaco will continue to be a major voice in the squad during his rehabilitation, which we are lucky to have given his experience in the game."
The Tigers are enduring a disappointing 2019-20 campaign and currently sit 11th after winning just three of 11 games.
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