Leinster loosehead prop Cian Healy has given Ireland fans a huge boost by stating he should be fully fit in time for the Rugby World Cup later this year.
The 27-year-old front-row forward, who is rated as one of the best in the game, underwent neck surgery a fortnight ago and is now recovering at his province.
Doubts are always attached to neck problems, but Healy is adamant his rehabilitation is progressing well and wants to be scrummaging by July.
"There's going to be something wrong for me not to make the World Cup," he told BBC Sport on Thursday. "From now there's not much that can go wrong.
"I'm building up prevention for it now to make sure it doesn't happen again."
He added: "I've already started rehab work and body weight work. I'm feeling pretty good."
"The muscles around the neck are all much better, though there is still a lot of swelling from the procedure."