Tyler Bleyendaal is ready to return to training for Munster after a nightmare, heavily disrupted year due to a neck injury.
The Kiwi has been plagued by a neck problem since last October, when he was forced out of the Champions Cup clash with Castres just before the hour mark.
He returned to action in February but two games later the injury flared up again and Bleyendaal has been out of action since.
The versatile 28-year-old will become involved in training with Johann van Graan's squad as the week progresses and he steps up his goal of making a long-awaited comeback.
Munster props John Ryan and Stephen Archer will miss the Pro14 trip to Cardiff Blues this week after picking up injuries in the defeat of the Ospreys at Irish Independent Park.
Ryan replaced Archer after 50 minutes on Friday night but suffered an ankle injury that will be seen by a specialist in the next couple of days.
Archer was treated for suspected concussion during the game and will undergo the return-to-play protocol.
James Hart also suffered an injury after coming on as a replacement. He damaged his knee and is being assessed.
Conor Murray meanwhile continues his rehab from a neck problem that has troubled him for months.
The scrum-half may not reappear until October, and is likely to miss the early pool games in the Champions Cup.