Sam Warburton will be fit to lead the British & Irish Lions for the first time this week, easing fears he is struggling with a knee injury.
The Wales flanker missed the opening victory over the Barbarians in Hong Kong and has had a steroid injection in a bid to accelerate his recovery.
Warburton should now feature against either the Western Force on Wednesday or the Queensland Reds on Saturday following the squad's arrival in Australia.
James Robson, the Lions team doctor, says the exact timing depends on whether the 24-year-old reports any stiffness following the long flight to Perth, as happened last week after the squad's flight from London to Hong Kong.
"Sam is doing really well and he could have played in Saturday's game," Robson said. "The trouble was he has had a previous injury to that part of his leg so we are always ultra-cautious. It is a mild tweak of a few fibres of his ligament and possibly his muscle. It is not a dramatic injury.
"Last week he got a knock in training which seemed relatively innocuous. With the flight and stiffening up he felt his knee a little. My colleague Eanna Falvey thought it would be beneficial to put a tiny bit of steroid around the area to help with the discomfort and Sam has had enormous benefit from that."
Warren Gatland, having installed Warburton as captain, will be suitably relieved. Sean O'Brien and Gethin Jenkins have also returned to training and, aside from a few stitches for Paul O'Connell and Tom Youngs, there are no fresh injury concerns before the game against Western Force.
With the first Test against the Wallabies on 22 June in Brisbane, Gatland and his coaches have little time to waste and will be keen for players such as Warburton to hit the ground running in Australia. "We haven't got the luxury of giving them three or four weeks off," Robson said. "If you are going to give them three or four weeks off, away they go back to the UK and Ireland."
Jonny Wilkinson has again intimated he would fly out to Australia as a replacement should the Lions need him at any stage. The fly-half has finished his club season with the Heineken Cup winners Toulon, having ended up on the losing side against Castres in Saturday's French championship final.
Wilkinson, who scored nine points in his side's 19-14 defeat at the Stade de France, hit the post with two long-range penalties, and has had an injection to ease a long-standing groin problem.
He admitted to feeling "a bit battered" but said he "would have the conversation with the Lions if it needs having".
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