England centre Jonathan Joseph could return for Bath next weekend after nine months out injured, says the club’s director of rugby Todd Blackadder.
The 27-year-old’s comeback is a lift for England head coach Eddie Jones with the Six Nations starting on February 1.
He played in all five of England’s 2018 Six Nations games but missed the tour of South Africa after ankle surgery.
“If he can get through some ‘big load’ days in training next week, he could be good to go,” said Blackadder.
“He trained really well this week and is looking very sharp.”
Joseph has 40 caps for England and played three times on the British and Irish Lions’ 2017 tour of New Zealand.
Bath, who are eighth in the Premiership, play Toulouse in the final round of Champions Cup pool matches next Sunday, but are already out of the competition.