Glasgow Warriors wing Thom Evans hopes to be back in action next season.
Evans has been sidelined since mid-February after he suffered a sickening injury in Scotland’s Six Nations defeat to Wales.
The 25-year-old collided with Lee Byrne in the Millennium Stadium encounter and has since undergone two operations on what many observers suggested would be a career-threatening neck injury.
But Evans has remained positive throughout and is now confident that he will be fit enough to resume playing at some point during the next Magners League campaign.
"It is not a question of if I will return to rugby, more a question of when," Evans told the Daily Mail.
"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."
Evans admits he hasn’t spoken to the coaching staff at Glasgow regarding his plans due to the fact the Warriors are busy attempting to qualify for the Magners League Play-Offs but he is hopeful that this time next year he will be helping the club compete for top honours.
"I don’t expect it [his return] will be at the start of the season but I’m hopeful I will be ready to help Glasgow sometime during the campaign,” added Evans, who played nine Magners League games this season, scoring four tries.
"I haven’t really spoken to them [the Warriors management] yet about my plans to start playing again as they are busy in the Magners League run-in.
"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.”