Newcastle Falcons have begun pre-season training without Jonny Wilkinson, but the England fly-half is set to play a part in his club's upcoming campaign.
Wilkinson underwent neck surgery in February and appears to have made a full recovery.
He has been training with the Premiership club for some time and has been been given the all-clear from his medical team to take a full part in pre-season, including contact work.
Meanwhile, new signings Matt Burke and Semo Sititi are still away on international duty with Australia and Samoa respectively and those who have taken part in summer tours have either a week or a fortnight to recover before joining in training.
England flanker James Haskell insists he will be pushing as hard as possible to be back from a toe injury in time to make his case for a spot in Eddie Jones' side looking to defend their RBS 6 Nations title next year.