Five-time Olympic swimming champion Missy Franklin is planning to return from double shoulder surgery at upcoming meets in France and Spain.
It will mark the first time that the American will compete since the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
Franklin is entered in the 50-, 100- and 200-meter backstroke and the 100 and 200 free for Mare Nostrum meets in Canet, France, this weekend and Barcelona next week.
Earlier this year, Franklin left the University of California, Berkeley, and relocated to the University of Georgia, where she is pursuing a psychology degree.
At the 2012 London Olympics, Franklin won two individual golds, two relay golds and a relay bronze.
At the 2016 Rio Games, she won one relay gold.
Franklin missed all of last year after surgeries on both shoulders.
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