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Leicester Tigers' Manu Tuilagi and Jean De Villiers set to face Harlequins

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Leicester Tigers should have Manu Tuilagi and Jean de Villiers in their ranks for Friday night's trip to Harlequins but Richard Cockerill has played down hopes of Tuilagi featuring for England sooner rather than later.

Tuilagi has been sidelined for three weeks with a hamstring injury which came soon after his 15-month layoff with groin troubles. But he is back in the frame for their trip to the Stoop and Springboks legend De Villiers is also available to make his long-awaited debut after joining the club in October.

Despite Tuilagi being in line to play some part in Friday night's game, Cockerill says he is still a way off being fit for England duty.

Cockerill said in the Daily Telegraph: "Manu will play some part on Friday night and if Eddie decides to pick him because he is playing well enough then so be it, but at this point he has not played enough rugby at club level, never mind at Test level."