Tipperary defender Michael Cahill has returned to full fitness ahead of Sunday's NHL semi-final clash with Waterford.
The Thurles Sarsfields man is unsure whether he'll feature in this weekend's showdown in Nowlan Park but he came through last week's training camp in Spain unscathed.
The former All Star missed the opening months of the season after going under the knife with a hip problem early in the new year.
"I had an operation on the hip on January 7, to repair the cartilage, a hip orthoscope," he explained.
"It was at me the whole time, the whole year, last year. I had my MCL (medial collateral ligament) kind of half torn, as well, and that put me out as well.
"So towards the end of the year I thought I'd just see out the Thurles Sarsfields campaign, and I had to get it done then. If I had left it any longer it would have got worse and worse."
Cahill hasn't played since Sars bowed out of the Munster club championship at the hands of Cratloe but hopes to see action on the coming weeks.
"I was lucky enough, with the week's training last week (in Spain)," he said.
"But it's game time I'm looking for now, whether that's training games or club games. That's what I'm looking for, to get me back up to pace.
"Because you can do all the fitness you want, but at the end of the day, when you're put in a match situation, marking some fast fella, you need to be up to the pace."
"It's coming on now. The last three months were slow, but as the months went the fitness started to improve that bit better, coming back. It's a gradual process."
Cahill's return comes at just the right time for Tipperary manager Eamon O'Shea, who is set to be without Cathal Barrett and Kieran Bergin until the championship.
Seamus Callanan will also miss this weekend's clash due to suspension.