Dan Cole could miss start of Six Nations, says Richard Cockerill

Dan Cole on the charge for Leicester against Toulon
Dan Cole has played eight games this season after recovering from a long-term neck injury

Leicester prop Dan Cole is a doubt for England's Six Nations opener against Wales on 6 February, according to Tigers boss Richard Cockerill.

Cole missed the 17-8 victory over Bath on Sunday with a foot injury and joins team-mate Manu Tuilagi, who has a groin problem, on England's injury list.

"Manu and Coley are probably out until the end of the month," Cockerill said.

"They may well be fit for [the start of the tournament] but whether they'll be match fit I don't know. We will see."

Cole has not featured for England since last season's Six Nations, following a neck operation last summer, but the 27-year-old has made eight appearances for Leicester so far this season.

Tuilagi, 23, was injured in Leicester's European Champions Cup win over Ulster in October, forcing him out of the autumn internationals.

England Six Nations fixtures
6 Feb: Wales v England, 20:05 GMT
14 Feb: England v Italy, 14:30 GMT
1 Mar: Ireland v England, 15:00 GMT
14 Mar: England v Scotland, 17:00 GMT
21 Mar: England v France, 17:00 GMT

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