Wales international Gavin Henson could be set to make a shock return to rugby, Ospreys managing director Mike Cuddy has revealed.
The versatile British and Irish Lions star is currently on indefinite unpaid leave with the Welsh club in a bid to overcome injuries and work out his future in rugby.
However, the double Wales Grand Slam-winning centre will reportedly sit down with Ospreys bosses in the next few weeks to discuss whether he will be able to feature in the knockout stages of the Heineken Cup.
If the Ospreys triumph in Pool Three, Henson could yet be one of three players picked to supplement the team's bid for European glory.
Cuddy is hoping that the 27-year-old, who has won 35 caps for Wales, will make a thrilling comeback this season.
"I am in regular contact with him and the two of us will sit down in early February, once the Heineken Cup qualification games are out of the way," Cuddy told Western Mail.
"Of course, he has been sorely missed. Any team in the world would miss a player of Gavin's quality.
"We will have a chat and see what comes of it."
Despite Cuddy's optimism, Ospreys coach Sean Holley is adamant that Henson will not return before the start of the Six Nations next month.
"I don't see how he could get himself ready, given the time scale," said Holley.
"Even if he did come back today, the modern game and the modern conditioning are such that he wouldn't be able to play for us for a while."