England centre Jonathan Joseph could feature in the Six Nations after it emerged that he is ahead of schedule in his recovery from injury.
The 24-year-old underwent chest surgery after the Rugby World Cup to repair a pectoral muscle injury he suffered during the tournament.
However, the exciting centre is progressing well with his recovery at Bath.
"Jonathan is out of his sling, he's had early rehab and it's coincided with some time off after the World Cup," assistant coach Toby Booth told Press Association Sport.
"We've allowed him to go and freshen up and relax a little bit. Now he's into the rehab side of things.
"He's in front of schedule, which is fantastic for us. Everyone's different, but he's on course to probably be back in eight weeks rather than 12.
"Whereas we were looking at January, we're probably looking at December now."
Bath, whose opening pool game of the Champions Cup against Toulon was called off due to the attacks in Paris, could have Joseph back in Rounds Three and Four of the European competition, against Wasps in December.