Cardiff Blues prop forward Gethin Jenkins is hoping to be fit for Wales' November international fixtures following shoulder surgery and a fractured cheekbone.
Jenkins suffered a broken cheekbone playing for the British and Irish Lions in the second test against World Champions South Africa and had been carrying a shoulder injury which required an operation.
But speaking on the BBC's Wales' Scum V, Jenkins was confident of being fit to face Samoa, New Zealand, Argentina and Australia.
"I'm hoping [to be back playing] by October, but maybe November."
He continued: "I just want to get fit first, it was a long season last year.
"I think everyone was carrying injuries, I think everyone does hide them so they can get on the Lions tour.
"So personally I just want to get as fit as I can when I get back playing and it's a big season for Wales again."