Sam Warburton has targeted an October return from the hamstring injury which he sustained during the Lions tour of Australia.
The Wales captain, speaking to Sky Sports News, revealed the extent of the tear which he picked up in the second Test in Melbourne.
"The initial target was 12-16 weeks, I have been in doing rehab and we are on course for that. There have been no hiccups as yet, 16 weeks is the target, and all is going good so far," he told the station.
It was discovered that he would not need to be operated on, having flown home to see a specialist in London.
The conclusion was that he required rehabilitation, and the prosepective timescale would see the flanker return in the autumn, in time for the group stages of the Heineken Cup.
Warburton went on to add: "If I could get back for sometime in October, that would be good.
"It will be difficult with the Blues to walk straight back into the side, obviously you have to work your way in, but Heineken Cup rugby is great to be involved in."
The Cardiff Blues have been drawn against reigning champions Toulon in the pool stage once again. And they will be seeking retribution for the two defeats inflicted on them by the French side last year.
With the Wales skipper back in their side, they will stand a far better chance of being able to do that.
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