Thom Evans was injured in Scotland's RBS6Nations defeat to Wales
Scotland wing Thom Evans has assured fans he will return to playing rugby next season as he bids to return from his career threatening injury.
The 25-year-old suffered severe neck damage in this year's RBS 6 Nations clash after a sickening collision with Wales full-back Lee Byrne at the Millennium Stadium.
The Glasgow star required two operations and his older brother Max revealed he was millimetres away from death or paralysis, but the younger Evans' resolve seems stronger than ever.
He said: "It is not a question of if I will return to rugby, more a question of when.
"I have been running regularly and feel good. Although I am not up to gym work just now, that will come.
"After that, there will be physical contact training and then more work to get me ready. Others will be relaxing during the pre-season, but I will keep working to get myself right. I don't want to put pressure on myself by setting a date, but I will be back.
"I don't expect it will be at the start of the season but I'm hopeful I will be ready to help Glasgow sometime during the campaign.
"I am not even thinking about getting back into the Scotland team, as I just want to make sure I can get myself fit enough to play competitive rugby again."
England's preparations for the Autumn International series were potentially dealt a further blow as Maro Itoje was forced to undergo an x-ray after Saracens' European victory over Scarlets on Saturday night.