Northampton Saints and England full-back Ben Foden could return to action this weekend following ankle surgery.
Foden was sidelined back in September during an Aviva Premiership match against Bath, and has watched his spot in the England side be taken by Alex Goode so far in November's Tests.
Returing to fitness ahead of schedule, Foden could play a part in Saints' Aviva Premiership clash against London Welsh this Saturday.
"I started running again at the end of last week and did some change of direction running this morning, which went pretty well so I am hoping to start the rugby sessions on Tuesday or Wednesday," Foden told The Daily Telegraph.
"Then it is up to the coaches to decide if I am ready. If it is not this weekend it should be definitely the game against Sale on November 30
"When the injury was first diagnosed, my return was scheduled for the away game against Ulster (in the Heineken Cup on Dec 17) but I heal fast.
"I have been in every day doing all the right things and I had a good surgeon and the operation went well. He still said it would be 12 weeks before I could play again but I am around four weeks ahead of that."