Trainer Willie Mullins has provided a positive update on Douvan and insists he will be back in the next few months.
The impressive seven-year-old has been sidelined since the Cheltenham Festival in March when he suffered a stress fracture to his pelvis during the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Mullins confirmed his charge has now made a full recovery and he is expected to get back into competitive action in the autumn.
The 61-year-old admitted that the Hilly Way in Cork is on the card for December but he is hoping to get Douvan out earlier with the Shloer Chase at Cheltenham in November a potential option.
Mullins said: “Douvan is in tip-top shape, I am delighted to say.
“The Hilly Way at Cork is a race we’ve had plenty of runners in but with it being in December we’d be inclined to look at an earlier race for his comeback run, potentially.”