Eddie Jones insists Ben Te'o should be fit for the start of next season after suffering a thigh problem that has ruled him out of England's tour to South Africa.
Jones has revealed the powerful Worcester centre aggravated an injury first sustained in the NatWest 6 Nations, requiring surgery that prevents him from facing the Springboks.
Te'o, who was set to start at outside centre in the series opener at Eden Park on June 9, suffered the damage in the gym.
"Benny was tight after a weights session - during the weights session when he was doing a lift he felt some tightness about his knee," Jones said.
"He was scanned and it showed he had an old tear from the Six Nations game against France, and therefore it was too big a risk to take him on tour.
"The injury is one of those corks and when you've got a cork you've always got damage to the muscle. Sometimes they repair and sometimes they don't. He'll be back for the start of the season."