England boss Eddie Jones has not ruled out an international return for Manu Tuilagi during the Six Nations despite the centre only returning to club action on Saturday.
Tuilagi made his long-awaited comeback for Leicester Tigers last weekend after more than a year out with a groin injury, coming on early in the second half in their 30-27 Premiership win over Northampton Saints.
The 24-year-old was not named in Jones' first England squad ahead of the Six Nations – which begins on February 6 – but the Australian coach hopes he could be ready for the final two matches.
England face Wales at Twickenham on March 12 before heading to Paris to play France a week later, and Jones has those matches pencilled in for Tuilagi.
"I've chatted to Cockers [Leicester Tigers' director of rugby Richard Cockerill], at this stage it looks like he'll be ready for the Wales game," he said.
"Hopefully we'll have him for the last two games, [but] he might come through quicker."
Cockerill had called for "patience" from the England camp following Tuilagi's substitute appearance, and appears to have had his request to allow him to "play games for Leicester Tigers" granted.