JONATHAN Davies wants to win a cap alongside his brother James as the centre nears a return from injury.

The Scarlets back, who was player of the series for the British and Irish Lions in New Zealand last summer, has been out of action since breaking his foot in the closing stages of Wales' autumn loss to Australia.

While the 30-year-old has been sidelined his younger brother has finally broken into Warren Gatland's squad.

The openside won his first cap against Italy in the Six Nations and played both Tests against Argentina this summer.

After Sam Warburton's retirement, the flanker will battle with Justin Tipuric, Ellis Jenkins and a glut of other opensides for the 7 jersey, and his older brother wants to join him in international rugby.

"If I had the opportunity to play with James for Wales it would honestly top anything I've done in rugby," said Jonathan, who has won 65 caps and plays alongside his brother for the Scarlets.

"But we both understand each of us have a lot of work to do to get to that point. It would be a very proud day for us as a family, I couldn't think of anything better, really.

"James is finally flying the Davies name, it is about time! No, he has done extremely well, he has taken his opportunity, and I was over the moon for him when he got his chance.

"I thought he gave a great account of himself when he was out in Argentina."

Davies has returned to training with the Scarlets after breaking two metatarsals and tearing a ligament against the Wallabies.

"It was difficult, the worst injury that I have had," he said. "When I knew I was going to be out for a long period I was disappointed but was able to handle that a lot better.

"When I tore my ACL when I was 18 I thought the world was going to end. You can cope with things better now but it is still tough.

"It feels good now though and I feel back to 100 per cent. I broke two metatarsals and tore the Lisfranc ligament in my foot.

"It was like a foot dislocation and I have had a plate and five screws put in. I came back in a couple of weeks ago and I've been in full training.

"I had a good long break and I am ready to push myself through pre-season for the start of the campaign.

"The Welsh Rugby Union and the Scarlets were not rushing me so I was able to take my time and come back right."

Now Davies is eyeing a push for Gatland's squad for Japan 2019 after seeing Hadleigh Parkes, Scott Williams and Owen Watkin impress in his absence.

"Like every other Welsh player I would love to get to the World Cup, but for me it is about delivering the standards I set before the injury and making sure I get my performances up to scratch," he said.

"If I can do that, then hopefully Warren will recall me into the squad."

After Japan Gatland will hand the reins to Davies' club coach Wayne Pivac, who has another season with the Guinness PRO14 title hopefuls.

"Wayne will be a very good coach, hopefully he will keep picking me!" Davies said.

"He has been extremely successful since he has been here, developing a winning culture and mentality amongst us. That's what you need as a coach at international level."