Worcester Warriors back-row forwards Cornell Du Preez has came back ahead of schedule from the”dreadful” larynx injury he suffered in September.
However he has now been re-registered to play with in the European Challenge Cup.
“It’s great to have him back,” said director of rugby Alan Solomons.
“Cornell is undoubtedly among the toughest players I’ve ever coached.
“I am surprised that he has left this kind of relatively quick recovery from the thing that was an horrific injury.”
It was initially feared that he would overlook the remainder of the year. But after undergoing surgery in Birmingham’s Queen Elizabeth Hospital, he declared fitness trained in January and is now back in full training.
Six-times restricted Du Preez, who arrived at Worcester to some yearlong contract from Edinburgh last summer, tied up again with his former boss Solomons.
Solomons told BBC Hereford & Worcester during the time that the injury was accidental, saying”he was tackled perfectly legitimately”.
Worcester, who are without a game this weekend, are arriving up to the crux in this season.
They journey to relegation rivals Bristol Bears on 23 March, prior to assembly Harlequins within their own European Challenge Cup quarter-final in Sixways the on 30 March (20:15 BST).