Scarlets and Wales tighthead prop Samson Lee is set to return to the playing field in the coming weeks, his region confirmed on Tuesday.
Lee, who underwent shoulder surgery in July, is expected to be fit to feature against either Connacht or Treviso in the next fortnight.
The 23-year-old had to return from Wales' tour to New Zealand but according to Scarlets head coach Wayne Pivac, he isn't far off playing.
"He's still on track for somewhere around the Connacht game. Failing that it will be Treviso," he said regarding his tighthead's fitness.
"Those sorts of injuries, they give a 12-16 week window, he's early on been put into the 14-week bracket, he's been progressing so well he's been put into the 12 week bracket.
"We're in consultation with the WRU, everyone is happy with his testing and we're on the same page. He's looking pretty good."