Exeter boss Rob Baxter has revealed that Henry Slade and Dave Ewers are both making good progress with their rehabilitation.
Slade has been out since breaking his leg and damaging his ankle ligaments at the beginning of December against Wasps, ruling him out of the Six Nations.
Ewers, the powerful back-row, meanwhile is working his way back from a knee injury.
Whilst the update is clearly very positive, Baxter and the Chiefs medical staff will be taking every precaution not to rush either player back ahead of schedule.
“Things are starting to look a lot better on that front,” Baxter told the club's website.
“Henry was out kicking today, which seems remarkable where that time has gone, while Dave Ewers is doing a lot more and is not too far away from a return.
“Henry’s still a way off because it was such a serious injury,” explained Baxter.
“And it will be weeks, rather than days before we see him playing again. That said, it’s fantastic that he can now work on rugby parts of his game, as well as his rehab work, because that means when he is fully fit again, his touches on the ball have been there and he will be up to speed that little bit quicker.”
Baxter explained: “With Dave we’re beginning to get towards the end stage of his rehabilitation and we are ticking off a lot of boxes. He did a bit of contact for the first time yesterday and he’s been our running and changing direction this week.
"We’ve obviously got one of two things still to tick off, but if all goes to plan we hope to see him back in contention for a place in the next couple of weeks.”