Wales star Gavin Henson is set to make his long-awaited comeback for the Ospreys on Saturday.
Henson has been named in a 23-man squad ahead of the Magners League clash against Liberty Stadium visitors Ulster.
An ankle injury means the Wales and Lions centre has not played since Ospreys crashed out of last season’s Heineken Cup when they were beaten by quarter-final opponents Saracens in April.
It is understood Henson will be among the Ospreys’ replacements this weekend and his anticipated return is welcome news for Wales coach Warren Gatland.
Gatland is due to name his squad next month for a demanding series of Tests in November which includes clashes against Tri-Nations heavyweights South Africa, New Zealand and Australia.
A fully-fit Henson would be instrumental to Gatland’s plans, both in November and for Wales’ defence of their RBS 6 Nations title, which begins against Scotland at Murrayfield next February.