Alastair Kellock might be on track to recover from knee surgery to feature in Scotland's autumn internationals - but the Glasgow captain insists he needs to concentrate on pulling on a Warriors shirt first.
The Scotland lock captained his country to their first series victory in Argentina this summer but was ruled out until November after a knee operation in June failed and he was forced to go back under the knife in July.
Kellock is involved in preparing his Warriors teammates while he rehabs his injury but the 29-year-old is feeling the frustration of being laid up.
"The hardest thing about being out injured is watching the team play without you, and especially when you lose, so it was very tough on Friday night to be at Firhill and watching that game go from us,” said Kellock, referring to Glasgow’s shock 17-19 Magners League defeat to Connacht.
"Being asked to help with that side of things by the coaches has been good because it's given myself and Chris Cusiter and other injured guys an involvement in what's happening week to week.
“I've been asked countless times whether I'll be back for Scotland in the autumn, and after being captain of the team in Argentina, where we created some great memories last time out, of course I'm desperate for that to happen.
“The medics have said that if I keep going as I am now and we have no hiccups then I could be back in full training by the end of October, but then I have to prove my fitness and show form, because no-one can walk into a Scotland team.
"All that's in my head in the rugby sense right now is getting that Glasgow jersey back on."