INJURED forward Marco Mama is on track to be fit in time for the start of Worcester Warriors’ season.

The all-action back rower is currently on a break in his native Zimbabwe as he continues his rehabilitation following a series of operations on his leg.

And boss Alan Solomons was optimistic over Mama’s chances of featuring in Warriors’ Premiership Cup opener against Leicester Tigers at Sixways on Saturday, September 21.

Mama was whisked to John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, just hours after Warriors’ victory over Gloucester on April 28 and then spent the next nine days undergoing four operations.

The 28-year-old was diagnosed with compartment syndrome, a condition that occurs when pressure within muscles builds to dangerous levels.

The injury was a cause for concern with Mama experiencing pain and sleepless nights but Solomons said the ex-Bristol Bears ace had made a “terrific recovery”.

“We have given him time off to see his family in Zimbabwe but he is also making tremendous progress and is going to join back up with us in camp,” Solomons said.

“I am positive that he will be back for the start of the season.

“I think Marco has done tremendously and our medical team did a great job with him as well as the people at John Radcliffe Hospital.

“He has made a terrific recovery so I see no reason why he won’t start the season.”

Mama made 19 appearances last term with his final two as captain as he led Warriors to back-to-back wins over Sale Sharks and Gloucester.

“He will be bled back into training but he is a long way down the road,” Solomons added.