Joe Worsley has underlined his determination to be "firing on all cylinders" by the time England launch their Six Nations campaign.
England face a tough tournament opener against against Grand Slam champions Wales at Twickenham on February 4.
And Wasps flanker Worsley, who missed the autumn appointments with Australia, New Zealand and Samoa because of a knee injury, is likely to feature in England head coach Andy Robinson's plans.
The nine-week suspension of Leicester back-row star Lewis Moody - imposed following his dismissal for punching in the Samoa game - does not expire until January 29, suggesting Worsley could be in line for a recall.
"Obviously, it takes time to feel just right," said Worsley, following a try-scoring display as Wasps moved top of the Guinness Premiership with a 35-19 victory over Madejski Stadium hosts London Irish.
"But hopefully in the next couple of weeks I will build up my strength and pace and be breaking tackles.
"It has been really annoying to be out, so it's nice to be back with a try.
"I'm happy with how it went, and now I want to get some games under my belt and be firing on all cylinders before the Six Nations."