Exeter Chiefs and England wing Jack Nowell is making sure he takes his time in recovering from a troublesome knee injury.
With next year's Rugby World Cup in mind, Nowell is taking it slow. Back in training for the first time this week following surgery in May, the 21-year-old revealed that he felt stronger than ever.
Nowell had originally hoped to be back in action for his club at the start of the new season, when Exeter travel to face newly promoted London Welsh on September 7, but will now miss out.
"That was the goal I set at the start but I'm concentrating on coming back 100%," Nowell told the BBC.
"I'm not going to have this chance again to have all this time off, so I'm going to make sure I'm 100% before I'm back on the pitch.
"It's gone really well and I'm feeling really fit, I trained this week for the first time and it was nice to get back out there with the boys.
"My knee has always been in the back of my mind when I've been playing.
"But now that I've had this operation there's a new confidence that I've been given. When I'm in the gym squatting, I couldn't do it before, whereas now I'm lifting the most weight I've ever done."
Nowell made his England debut in the Six Nations back in February, playing all five matches in the 14 jersey before missing the June tour of New Zealand.