England star Mike Tindall could return to action on Saturday - two months after suffering a sickening injury that put him in the intensive care unit of a London hospital.
There was initial anxiety for Tindall’s well-being as the full extent of his problems became clear - a torn liver, punctured lung and internal bleeding.
But Tindall now looks set to feature on the Gloucester replacements’ bench against European Cup quarter-final opponents Munster at Kingsholm.
The 54 times-capped centre has not played since he was carried off during England’s RBS 6 Nations defeat against Wales on February 2.
An accidental kick from an opponent left Tindall writhing in agony on the Twickenham turf, his Six Nations season over amid grave concerns he would be sidelined for months.
Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan, though, revealed it is a “possibility” Tindall might be involved this weekend when the Premiership leaders target a European Cup semi-final place for only the second time in their history.
Ryan said: “Mike is around and out running with us.
“We have been pretty honest with Mike. If he was an option, we would think it was great, but if he wasn’t then we have been running without him for a while.
“At the moment, it is a possibility. We will see how he reacts to some of the stuff we’ve done this week.
“We always knew potential (recovery) time-frames could sit around this game, and then we would make a decision on how Mike felt.
“The decisions will be taken around the value we think Mike offers us in terms of experience, thought-process and impact.
“We miss Mike when he is not playing, there is no doubt about that. In terms of his maturity and experience, compared to the rest of the group, he is significantly further on.
“If we can get him as an option, then it would be of great value to us.”