Cardiff Blues hope Wales flanker Ellis Jenkins will be fit for training at the start of the 2020-21 season after almost two years on the sidelines.
The 27-year-old suffered a serious knee injury in Wales’ victory over South Africa in November 2018 and has not figured since.
The 2019-20 Pro14 regular season will be completed with two derbies this month for the Welsh regions.
The next campaign is in line to begin on the opening weekend of October.
Jenkins underwent a minor operation a month ago to speed up the recovery operation.
“He has had his little surgery and he said they looked at it and it was the best it has been,” said Cardiff Blues head coach John Mulvihill.
“He just has to go through his return to training protocols now. He is a tough kid and would have been through some dark times but has come through the other end.
“He has some good people around supporting him. I want to see him back captaining the Cardiff Blues and in my mind he will be the captain next season.
“He has just got to get back being himself, we are hopeful and he is positive on everything.
“I said to him that I don’t want him to rush anything. When he returns, he returns. It was a significant injury and these things take time. I don’t want to put limits on that.”
Centre Willis Halaholo suffered a knee injury in November 2019 which required ACL reconstruction and is targeting a return to action at the start of the 2020-21 season.
Wales wing Josh Adams is back in full training after suffering an acute ankle injury against France in February 2020 which required surgery.
Fellow Wales backs Owen Lane (hamstring) and Hallam Amos (knee) are also back in full training, alongside new signing Sam Moore, centre Harri Millard and full-back Matthew Morgan.