More grief for unlucky Leicester Tiger Micky Young
Scrum-half Micky Young's hopes of establishing himself as a Leicester Tiger have been hit by another cruel blow.
The 23-year-old got the nod over rival Sam Harrison for the club's Aviva Premiership opener at London Welsh on Sunday week after a debut year at Welford Road which had been marred by injury and suspension.
But, having worked hard to earn his spot throughout a gruelling pre-season, Young's game lasted only 23 minutes before he hobbled off with a suspected fractured ankle.
Director of rugby Richard Cockerill said that the former Newcastle Falcon had been sent for a scan to find out if there was damage to ligament or bone.
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"Micky has had a nightmare," he said. "He was injured last year, then got suspended.
"He worked his way into the side to get a starting opportunity this season – and is injured again.
"I think it is his ligaments but it may be a fracture. We have sent him for a scan and are awaiting the results.
"It looks like Micky's injury could mean six to eight weeks out and it is sod's law that, when he is back, Ben Youngs will be back from his shoulder injury.
"It's doesn't look good and that is not great for him or for us."
With Ben Youngs out until next month after surgery on a shoulder injury he picked up while on England duty in South Africa, Young's spell on the sidelines means that Tigers will be grateful they brought Aussie No.9 Pat Phibbs over on a short-term contract.
The 30-year-old former Brumbie will now provide an experienced option to youngsters Harrison, 22 and Scott Steele, 19, who have started just 14 first-team games between them.
"We signed Pat Phibbs for this very reason," said Cockerill. "It would only take one more person to get injured and we are very thin on the ground.
"We knew that Ben Youngs' injury was not short term. Pat has a lot of experience and knows the league well having been at Exeter Chiefs last season. Having him in the squad will be good for us."
Cockerill also said that winger Miles Benjamin could make his first-team debut against Worcester at home on Saturday after playing in the Development XV's defeat at Northampton on Monday.
But the 24-year-old's chances of running out against his former team could be thwarted by a 'stinger' in his neck picked up in the closing stages of the first half at Franklin's Gardens.
"Miles got a bang on the neck and he is a little bit stiff in there," said Cockerill.
"He should be all right for the weekend and, if not, he will play in the A League on Monday."
Lock forward Graham Kitchener will have a chance of playing against the side he left in 2011 after recovering from injury.