Bakkies Botha can't be in two places at the same time.
French club Toulon says it will be unveiling the Springboks lock on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the Bulls say Botha is in Pretoria preparing to make his season debut for the Super 14 champions this weekend.
Toulon, leading France's Pro D2, trumpeted on its Web site on Monday the pending arrival of Botha to join his World Cup-winning teammate Victor Matfield on a three-month contract with a two-year option.
But Bulls doctor Tommie Smook also announced on Monday that Botha was "a good possibility" to play the Sharks this Saturday in Pretoria after rehabilitating the ankle he injured on the Springboks tour of Britain at the end of last year.
He and Springboks winger Akona Ndungane, getting over a shin stress fracture, were both being lined up for the rematch of last year's Super 14 final.
"The medical team will monitor both these players throughout the week and no chances will be taken regarding their health, but at this point in time Bakkies as well as Akona look set to make their comeback on the weekend," the Bulls said in a statement on their Web site.
Last week, the Bulls said they'd turned down requests from Toulon and Botha for him to be released from his Bulls contract, which lasts until 2011, because they didn't want to set a bad precedent for other players wanting out from their contracts.