British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton is set to make his comeback from injury for Cardiff Blues on Friday, five weeks ahead of schedule.
The Wales flanker - who was expected to be out for up to four months - will to be named in the side to face Leinster in Dublin for his first game since tearing a hamstring in the second Test against Australia in June.
Blues director of rugby Phil Davies has revealed on Tuesday that 24-year-old Warburton is eager to play, news which will also come as a boost for the Wales camp.
"Sam wanted to play. He himself has done a phenomenal job, as have the medical department," said Davies.
"He's five weeks ahead of schedule and that's down to his diligence. He was knocking the door down to play which is fantastic. It's really exciting."