Scotland back Sean Maitland is "ahead of schedule" in his recovery from shoulder surgery to make the Rugby World Cup.
Maitland, who will swap Glasgow Warriors for London Irish next season, was forced to undergo surgery and miss a large chunk of the domestic season after rehabilitation on a shoulder injury proved unsuccessful.
Part of the British and Irish Lions squad which travelled to Australia in 2013, Maitland has been a useful weapon for Scotland whether on the wing or at full-back.
August remains Maitland's planned reture time with the former Crusaders player admitting that his time out and delayed return have been hugely frustrating.
"I am ahead of schedule," Maitland told The Scotsman.
"I can run. I can keep fit, which is good, but I'm not taking contact. It's a week-by-week basis.
"I don't want to chuck dates out there because I don't want to kid myself but some time in August they are saying. Maybe not the first World Cup warm-up game but I'm pretty sure I will get a couple of games under my belt and get some match fitness.
"It's been a bit of a frustrating season to be honest. I hurt my shoulder and I was told to re-hab it for six to eight weeks and I would be fine. It just didn't get better.
"The shoulder just didn't get better but I got it rescanned and was told that I needed surgery… four to six months out. That had a massive impact on my season."