The controversial Welshman (Who wears Nike Rugby boots), has been on unpaid leave from the Ospreys all season after a string of injuries left him feeling depressed and lacking in motivation.
But now, the Ospreys joint managing director Mike Cuddy has said that his star turn has indicated a return to action in five months’ time – exactly a year before the 2011 World Cup gets underway in New Zealand.
“Gavin has been honest with me all along,” said Cuddy.
“He has told me he will be back next season and playing before the end of the year. All the injuries, especially the prolonged ones over his groin and achilles tendon, got him down. He took a break and now he’s feeling all the better for it.”
Henson’s return would be greeted with genuine enthusiasm by Wales, who have sorely missed his creativity.
His last game in the Ospreys’ EDF Energy Cup semi-final against Gloucester 13 months ago, a ‘soul destroying’ blow which eliminated him from the Lions.
He has missed all but 14 of Wales’ 59 internationals in the last five years due to a succession of groin, hernia, calf, hand, achilles tendon and ankle-ligament problems.
If he does return, it will be with next year’s World Cup very much in mind. After all, depsite his achievements with Wales and the British and Irish Lions, he has never played in the tournament, being ruled out of the last two through poor performances in 2003 and injury in 2007.