Dan Cole out for rest of season
February 19, 2014
Dan Cole is out for the rest of the season © Getty Images
Leicester Tigers have suffered a huge blow following the news star tight-head Dan Cole will be out for the rest of the season.
Cole is suffering from a bulging disk in his neck and was ruled out of the Six Nations on Sunday evening by the Rugby Football Union. There was no original timescale put on Cole's injury but Tigers boss Richard Cockerill has now confirmed he will miss the rest of the season.
Cole is also a doubt for England's summer tour to New Zealand with the prop likely to spend a minimum of three months out of action with Cockerill revealing it could be longer.
"The most important things is Dan's welfare and he will hopefully play at the start of next season," Cockerill told Leicester Mercury. "He saw a specialist last night and is going to have some time out of the game to let it settle. That will certainly be for a three-month period and then he will have a re-scan and see where we go from then on.
"There is a very good chance that the bulging disc will recede and then he will be able to be integrated back into training. It's disappointing for Dan first and foremost and it is bitterly disappointing for the club with all of the injury issues we have had this season.
"It will need patience from him and patience from me - something I have learned to be good at this season - but if it is three months, six months, nine months, there is no rush.
"The first thing to do is to solve the problem and solve it for the long term which is the next 10 years of his playing career and the next 50 years of his life."
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