Ospreys centre James Hook could return to competitive action in time for the start of this season's Heineken Cup campaign.
The Wales star has been sidelined since undergoing shoulder surgery in June, but he hopes to be available for Ospreys' Magners League derby clash against the Scarlets on October 2.
The Ospreys then face a Heineken Cup opener away to Jonny Wilkinson's Toulon six days later.
"The next couple of weeks' training should be pretty intense now, and hopefully I can show that I am ready to play again," said Hook, a key player during last year's British and Irish Lions tour of South Africa.
"I am working hard in the gym, and I am looking forward to getting some rugby sessions in to really test my shoulder.
"The target I was set was the start of October, and that's definitely looking achievable now, which is great."
Hook, 25, played for Wales at home to South Africa in early June, but missed their two-Test tour of New Zealand following an operation.
He is now hoping his injury worries are behind him and he can return in time for Ospreys' early European games and Wales' November schedule against Australia, South Africa, Fiji and New Zealand.
"It's a long season, and when the time comes around I will hopefully be in peak condition," he added.
"It's such a long season that the extra month off at the start of it should really benefit me in the long run."