Wales captain Sam Warburton is set to be fit in time to lead his side in their Six Nations bid.
The 25-year-old has been out with a shoulder injury since November and the side have been captained by Osprey's flanker Ryan Jones, but the team will be without Jones for the campaign after he pulled out through injury.
Having their captain back at full fitness will be a massive boost for the Welsh side as they look to retain their title for a second year. Warburton told reporters that he should be ready for the first game in February.
Speaking to BBC Sport, he said: "I think I'll be available for selection. I need to have a chat with Warren Gatland and the medics early next week to decide what's the best thing to do. We have a chance to win three Six Nations in a row and create history."
He continued: "We always look forward to the Six Nations, it's what you're measured on. It's the one we always look forward to, this is my fifth championship now and I love playing in them."
Wales face Italy in their Six Nations opener on February 8 before a trip to Ireland the following week, followed by France at the Millennium Stadium on 21 February and England away in March with their final game at home to Scotland.
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