Morgan Parra will make a shock return to action against Harlequins in the Heineken Cup on Saturday, Clermont head coach Vern Cotter revealed.
The France scrum-half had not been expected to return to action until the end of the month due to a serious knee injury suffered in late November.
Parra, 25, had ruptured his cruciate knee ligament and was expected to be out from between ten and twelve weeks but he is now set to make his comeback after just seven weeks of absence.
It is welcome news for Cotter who saw third choice scrum-half Thierry Lacrampe ruled out of the match in midweek due to a knee injury suffered against Toulouse on Sunday.
It would have left Ludovic Radosavljevic as Clermont's only fit scrum-half for the crunch Pool 4 clash that Clermont cannot afford to lose, or risk being knocked off top spot.
"He is ready to start the match. He's been progressing quickly and we knew it would be possible (for him to play) this week or next week," said Cotter.
"As he's at 100 percent, he'll start. He has, of course, passed all the necessary tests, so for me, that's the green light.
"It's important to recover our playmaker, Morgan is very important to our system. After Thierry's injury last week, it's obviously a good thing."