Wales scrum-half Rhys Webb will “probably” play for Ospreys in their Pro12 match against Munster on Sunday, says backs coach Gruff Rees.
Webb has been absent since injuring a foot during Wales’ World Cup warm-up match against Italy in September.
The 27-year-old missed the World Cup after surgery, but could play a part in this year’s Six Nations.
“I don’t know about that,” said Rees. “Our priority is to get him up to speed for the Ospreys first.”
He added Ospreys would consult closely with Wales about Webb’s return.
“We’ve been working towards this steadily for the last month or so,” he said.
“In playing terms it won’t take him long to get back to speed.”
Rees would not be drawn on whether Webb would start on Sunday, the day after Wales host Scotland in their second match of the Six Nations.
“Rhys has been raring to go for a couple of months but, like all the boys, you’ve got to go through the medical process and that can be hard at first,” said Rees.
“But he takes all the potential stumbling blocks in his stride and keeps ticking the next box and the next box.
“The qualities he’s got, you want on the field so there’s a probability he’ll be in the 23.”
Webb renewed his national dual contract with Ospreys and the Welsh Rugby Union in December 2015.
He turned down offers from elsewhere to stay at the region for whom he made his debut in 2007.