Ulster and Ireland lock Iain Henderson could return for the province against Glasgow Warriors in the PRO12 this Friday.
Henderson has been sidelined since December after surgery on a hamstring injury forced him to miss the Six Nations with Ireland.
The 24-year-old forward's season was initially thought to be over but with his recovery on track, Ulster director of rugby Les Kiss has suggested that he could make an appearance this weekend.
“He is right in the mix at this stage,” Kiss told reporters.
“If everything comes up rosy (from training) then he is in that mix."
Tommy Bowe is also progressing well from his serious knee ligament injury he suffered during last year's Rugby World Cup, with his return far from a million miles away.
“He is getting closer and closer and for the nature of the injury he had it’s just about being really careful about when he comes back with everything full tilt," Kiss added.
“He is taking contact in a really strong way now so he can play rugby but it’s about getting the timing right and he is probably a little bit behind Hendy."
Ulster are currently fourth, eight points behind leaders Connacht, with five matches to go.