Toulon boss Bernard Laporte says Leigh Halfpenny is making good progress in his return from a knee injury and could return this month.

Halfpenny close to return

Halfpenny close to return

The full-back is yet to play this season after rupturing an anterior cruciate knee ligament playing for Wales during the build-up to the World Cup but has returned to training and was recently included in Laporte’s squad for the remainder of the European Champions Cup.

Although he will not return in time for the quarter-final against Racing 92 on April 10, he is expected to feature in the following weekend’s clash against Pau.

It means he could also be in contention for Wales’ summer tour of New Zealand and the news will come as a timely boost to coach Warren Gatland following the injury to Alex Cuthbert.

Laporte says everything is going to plan with the 27-year-old’s recovery and is confident he will be ready to play on April 16.

"For Leigh Halfpenny, it's still too early," he said. "For now it's not possible. The quarter-final against Racing isn't a possibility for him.

"I think he'll be OK for the match against Pau. It's what we've planned."