The In the Air Tonight star has not played the drums in almost 10 years due to crippling nerve damage, but he is reportedly planning to play a little percussion when he hits the stage for his Not Dead Yet tour.

"Phil has been secretly working in rehearsals," a source told the New York Daily News. "It started slow and careful, and in the last few weeks he really has come on hugely. While his head is willing, his body is taking longer to respond.

"But he has been able to perform solidly for up to 10 minutes, so he has told his band that he will get on the drums for at least one number if his body is still strong."

Phil is said to be keeping his plans under wraps because he wants to surprise his fans when he returns to the stage.

"The signs are good for Phil," the source continued. "He feels great and knows that it will be a huge deal for fans and him emotionally."

However, a representative for Collins, who retired from music in 2011, has played down the claims, insisting it is "unlikely" he will play the drums during the tour.

In 2007, the 65-year-old suffered a a dislocated vertebra in his neck during a Genesis reunion tour. The injury led to nerve damage in his hands. He has also battled other health issues in recent years and had to have back surgery.

"My back and hips were just shot," he previously told Rolling Stone. "The doctor had to go in there, work on the sciatic nerve and take my back apart and unscramble the mess."

If Phil does return to playing the drums on tour, he will be joined by his 15-year-old son Nicholas, who will serve as the main drummer for the trek.

"(Nicholas) has been a huge inspiration for Phil, and helped him get through the days when it felt rough," the insider added.

Nicholas is Phil's eldest child with his third ex-wife Orianne Cevey, with whom he reconciled in 2015, seven years after their divorce. They are also parents to 12-year-old Matthew.