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Relegation-threatened Leicester suffer fresh blow as David Denton is ruled out for season

Relegation-threatened Leicester suffer fresh blow as David Denton is ruled out for season with concussion issues

  • Leicester are on terrible run of form and are in relegation battle in Premiership
  • David Denton has not played since October after suffering concussion¬†
  • After consultation with medical experts, he will sit out remainder of campaign
  • Coach Geordan Murphy said: ‘We are not in the business of risking players’

Scotland and Leicester forward David Denton has been ruled out for the rest of the season while he continues his recovery from concussion.

The Tigers said the decision was made following consultation with the club’s medical team and concussion experts.

Back-row forward Denton, 29, was hurt during Leicester’s victory over Northampton at Twickenham in early October and has not played since.

Leicester Tigers forward David Denton (centre) will not play again this season

Leicester Tigers forward David Denton (centre) will not play again this season

Leicester Tigers forward David Denton (centre) will not play again this season 

Leicester head coach Geordan Murphy told the club’s official website: ‘His health is paramount, and we are not in the business of risking players’ well-being.

‘Ultimately, the decision was taken out of his hands by experts.

‘He is disappointed to not be out there with the lads, but understands the importance of the situation and his long-term health.

‘He will continue to work with our medical staff, alongside strength and conditioning coaches, towards a return for next season for the club.’

The Scotland international will miss the remainder of the campaign with concussion

The Scotland international will miss the remainder of the campaign with concussion

The Scotland international will miss the remainder of the campaign with concussion

Geordan Murphy is leading his side through a relegation battle in the Premiership

Geordan Murphy is leading his side through a relegation battle in the Premiership

Geordan Murphy is leading his side through a relegation battle in the Premiership

Denton, who joined Leicester from Worcester last summer and has won 42 Test caps, added: ‘It has been a difficult season and one I wish I could have played a bigger role in alongside the rest of the squad.

‘It has been a frustrating period for me on the sidelines, but this decision allows me some clarity, which is nice, and I can aim towards getting back to full fitness to make a big impact next season.

‘Concussion is a serious thing, and I am very appreciative to the medical staff at the club and experts I’ve consulted for their care and understanding throughout the season.’

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