Bradford Bulls playmaker Jarrod Sammut is hoping to make his Super League return in Friday's clash against Challenge Cup semi-finalists Hull FC.
The former Crusaders man has been sidelined since the start of June after suffering a dead lead their 28-18 defeat to Hull KR.
Sammut has conceded the tear in his quad should keep him out of action a while longer, but he has grown frustrated at his inability to help his team-mates and wants to return sooner.
The Bulls have struggled of late with Francis Cummings' troops losing six straight, form that has seen the West Yorkshire club fall to four points behind the eighth-placed Black and Whites.
"I should really be out for another few weeks but I'm really trying to push myself for the Hull game," he told the Telegraph and Argus. "I don't think there's anything more frustrating than sitting on the sidelines.
"You start to think what you could've done if you were out there and could you have helped in any way? It makes you tear your hair out.
"You go to training every day and see the boys busting their guts. They haven't been getting the wins which we would have liked but they haven't been leaving anything on the field. You feel for them because they're so close but yet so far at the moment and that's been the story of our season.
"My injury started out as a dead leg but then two weeks later I went for an MRI scan and it turned out that I had a tear in the muscle fibre.
"That wasn't improving and then the other week I found that when I had another scan I had a fresh new tear in my quad.
"It's just about biding my time at the minute and making sure that when I do get back out there I don't then miss out on the next few weeks.
"I don't want to get back and then all of a sudden my quad goes again and I miss the end of the season."
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