Cardiff Blues are set to be buoyed by the return to action of Wales international centre Cory Allen for their upcoming PRO12 derby games.
The 22-year-old scored three tries against Uruguay in the Rugby World Cup before suffering a hamstring injury, which ended his tournament.
However after weeks of rehabilitation the centre is now nearing his playing comeback, with head coach Danny Wilson happy to have him back.
"He's making really good progress," he told BBC Sport.
"The next couple of games Cory should be available for some rugby."
Wilson added that it is not yet confirmed whether or not Allen will feature against the Dragons on Sunday but if not he should return against Scarlets on New Year's Day.
"That's great for me, it'll be the first time I've worked with him in this environment as a Cardiff Blues player so I'm looking forward to again someone like him returning to the fold," said Wilson.
"We're slowly moving forward.
"Coming out of the last four games we've had a narrow defeat to the Ospreys, beaten Connacht at home, beaten Montpellier at home with five tries and just with the last play of the game losing to Montpellier away.
"I think they're performances that do show progress, but we're still fully aware we've got a long way to go."