Australia lock Sam Carter could return sooner than expected ahead of the World Cup after a swift recovery from injury suffered during Super Rugby.
The 25-year-old, who injured knee ligaments against the Bulls on May 29, has been out for eight weeks but this week started straight-line running at training.
It now seems likely the hard-working Brumbies forward could feature for the Wallabies in their last hit-out before the Rugby World Cup, against the USA in Chicago on September 5. That, along with competing in the National Rugby Championship, would give him a good chance of making the travelling 31.
"If I'm in the picture, maybe I can perform in one game before they [the Wallabies] go to the US," Carter told the Sydney Morning Herald.
"Watching a team you were a part of last year and not being able to be a part of it is tough, but I'm just doing everything I can to get back and make sure I'm right to go.
"Personally, I think that I'll have confidence in my knee, then it'll be up to the coaches and staff to what they want to do with me."
He added: "Each day I'm progressing that little bit further, it's pretty positive at the moment.
"The knee has responded really well to all the treatment and all the rehab I've been doing. Mid-August is around the 10-11 week mark. It'll be good to get back out there and hopefully test it out."