Wales centre Jonathan Davies faces an uphill battle to play any part in this season's Six Nations Championship.
Davies' regional team the Scarlets have said that he is "progressing well" from the pectoral muscle injury he suffered during Wales' opening autumn Test against South Africa in November and has resumed light running.
But they do not expect the 25-year-old Davies, who was controversially was picked ahead of Brian O’Driscoll for the final British and Irish Lions Test against Australia last summer, to be back playing until early March.
That scenario would sideline him from reigning Six Nations champions Wales' first three games against Italy, Ireland and France, while he would have hardly any time to prove his fitness before appointments with England on 9 March and Scotland six days later.
The Scarlets, meanwhile, believe that Davies' fellow internationals Liam Williams and Ken Owens each face three-week absences after suffering respective finger and ankle injuries during a St Stephen’s Day defeat against the Ospreys.
The Llanelli-based region have also confirmed that their wing Mike Poole is continuing his recovery in a Cardiff hospital after undergoing surgery to stabilise a serious neck injury suffered during a Welsh Premiership game between Llanelli and Swansea five days ago.
Poole, 27, underwent two operations following a fracture and dislocation to his neck. He was initially taken to Swansea's Morriston Hospital, and then transferred to Cardiff.
Scarlets' medical chief Andy Walker said: "Mike's injury was serious.
"The surgery undertaken has been successful, and thankfully there has been no loss of function as a result of the injury.
"He will undergo a further CT scan later to ascertain whether he will need one further operation. However, to date, he has progressed well, the injury has been stabilised and he is recovering."