Tom Briscoe has asserted his intentions to return to the field ahead of the Qualifiers.
The England winger started full-time training with his Leeds Rhinos teammates last week as he enters the final stages of his rehabilitation.
26-year-old Briscoe has been out since March after having surgery on a shoulder problem. however, he is hoping to feature when the Rhinos take on Wigan next week.
“Over the last few months it’s been hard work especially with the way the season started for me,” he told the club’s official website.
“It’s been a long, hard season mentally, but there is light at the end of the tunnel over the next couple of weeks. It’s just about progressing through my rehab now through the latter stages and hopefully I’ll to get a game soon.
“I think this week will be a bit too soon having only just started after such a long layoff last week. I need a bit more time to get back to speed.
“But I’m certainly looking at the Wigan game or the one after that. Within the month I hope to be back playing.”
Despite his injury nightmare, Briscoe was still invited to meet Wayne Bennett last month as preparations for the Four Nations begin to take shape, and the winger admitted to have been surprised by his invite.
“That came out of the blue for me, especially over the last two seasons with the injuries I’ve had and the limited amount of game time I’ve had. To still be picked within that is a confidence boost to say that he still believes in me even though I’ve not played that much.”