Cole was consequently forced to undergo surgery on a compressed disc and Cockerill is prepared to wait for as long as is necessary before restoring one of his crown jewels to the Tigers front row.
"He is coming along well. It is just a waiting game," he told the Leicester Mercury.
"There is no specific target for Dan. We are hoping October, November time, but if that ends up being December or January then that's fine.
"It is just about getting him right, especially in such an important part of his body there will be no risks taken there."