FLY-HALF Jono Lance has been receiving help from former club Queensland Reds as he bids to return to action for Worcester Warriors.

Director of rugby Alan Solomons revealed conditioning staff at the Super Rugby outfit were working with Lance who is completing his rehabilitation from a back problem in Australia.

And Solomons said the 28-year-old would “definitely” be fit to play next weekend should Warriors progress to the last four of the Premiership Cup.

Lance has not played for Worcester since the memorable victory over Stade Francais in Paris in mid-October due to a partial stress fracture to his back.

“He has made excellent progress but has been working with the medics and (head of high performance) Johan Pretorius,” Solomons said.

“He went home to Brisbane and has reconnected with a strength and conditioning trainer.

“He knows the guys at the Reds that can help him, so he has got access to the right facilities in order to continue to prepare for his return to rugby.”

Solomons said Lance was also in Australia to see one of his close friends tie the knot.

“At the time of contracting Jono he made it clear that he had a wedding to attend this weekend,” Solomons added.

“I said that was not a problem.”

Warriors need to beat Wasps by more than two points and claim a try-bonus point on Sunday (3pm) to secure a home semi-final.

“If we are still in the competition he will definitely be involved in next week’s game,” Solomons said.

“It would be very good (to have him back) as we have been without him for a long time.

“He will be fresh and raring to go which is good for us.”

Worcester’s resources at stand-off were further depleted when Jamie Shillcock suffered an ankle injury in December.

Shillcock has returned to training but is “a couple of weeks away” from coming back.

Despite losing Shillcock and Lance Solomons decided not to recruit and instead handed the number 10 jersey to centre Ryan Mills and utility back Scott van Breda when Duncan Weir was unavailable.

“Millsy has done really well at 10 and Scotty played 10 against Saracens in the Premiership Cup and did well so we have coped with what we have got,” Solomons added.

“The only player we have brought in is Jack Cosgrove at loosehead prop as Kai (Owen) got a (thigh) injury at an England under 20s’ camp but is on the mend.”