Ulster and Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris has revealed he is hoping to return to playing in the next three to four weeks and he may even be ready for action sooner than that.
The injury-prone Ravenhill favourite, who has not played since injuring his ankle in November's PRO12 League game against Edinburgh, is also optimistic that he may still be able to be involved with Ireland in this campaign as well as in Ulster's push for league honours and European glory.
"I want to give something to Ulster and Ireland this season and I do believe there are trophies at the end of it," the 27-year-old who has played 102 times for Ulster said at yesterday's Premier League Darts promotional event held at Ravenhill.
"It's (the comeback) hopefully going to be in three to four weeks and if that happens to be a week or two earlier I'll be over the moon," he added.
Ferris underwent surgery on his ankle in the aftermath of sustaining the injury in only his fourth game back for Ulster and he is eager to show what he can still offer with the added incentives of a Ravenhill contract due to expire in the summer along with the possibility of making a second Lions tour both clearly requiring his return to full fitness and form.
"I'm just looking forward to getting back out there," he said.
"The lads are playing so well, Ireland are doing so well and had a magnificent win over Wales and Ulster are top of the league and playing well in the Heineken Cup.
"I want to get back out there and make sure I'm on top of my game.
"It's just one of those things, my season really hasn't got started and I'm now really looking forward to getting it started," he added.
Meanwhile, Ballynahinch centre Stuart Morrow is the only Ulster-based player to make the starting line up for the Ireland Club International side which takes on England Counties on Friday at Temple Hill in Cork (kick-off 7.30pm).
Morrow's club-mate James Thomspon gets a spot on the bench alongside Malone number eight Glenn Moore.