Wales star Gavin Henson has claimed he intends returning to rugby "before too long".
Henson is currently on leave from Welsh regional side the Ospreys as he works towards full fitness following a succession of injury setbacks. It was reported by a national newspaper last month that Henson intended to announce his retirement at the age of 27 - but that was denied by the player and his employers.
"I fully anticipate returning to the Ospreys before too long, having finally overcome the injuries that have been a recurring problem for nearly three years," said Henson.
"I am grateful to the Ospreys' management for providing me with the time needed for these injuries to be finally dealt with.
"I am looking forward to getting on with my playing career at the Ospreys just as soon as I can."
The Ospreys face a Magners League opener away to Connacht on Friday week.
Wales boss Warren Gatland, meanwhile, will also be keeping a close watch on the 31 times-capped centre as he begins the countdown to a tough November series of Tests that includes appointments with New Zealand and Australia.