Wigan's injured half-back Blake Green is hoping to make his Warriors return in this season's Tetley's Challenge Cup semi-finals in August.
The former Hull KR man is now sidelined for the next two months after tearing biceps in Wigan's fine Magic Weekend 18-14 success over high-flying Leeds Rhinos.
Green, who is out of contract at the end of the season, underwent surgery last week and he could be out of action for up to three months.
However, the 27-year-old is maintaining a positive outlook and the Australian playmaker is hopeful he could be available for head coach Shaun Wane for the cup semi-finals on the weekend of August 10, if Wigan overcome Castleford in the last eight.
"During the game I picked up quite a bad injury," said Green about Wigan's Magic Weekend clash against Leeds to the club's official website.
Felt it go
"I remember going in for a tackle on Carl Ablett and coming out with a bit of a cork in my bicep, I played on but soon realised it wasn't right after going up for a high ball and feeling it go completely.
"I hung around the in goal area for as long as I could then the doctor came over to me and said, "You've snapped your tendon mate." Exactly what you don't want to hear, ever!
"I wanted to play on and asked if I could but soon realised I couldn't actually rotate my arm and that it was just floppy...hard to play as a half back at any level when you can't physically pass a ball.
"So that was that and I was soon off down the tunnel to get it checked out. I had an operation on Wednesday (last week) and have been told to look at 12 weeks on the sidelines.
"I'll be in a sling for two weeks before I get chance to start physio on it. If the guys are lucky enough to get to the semis of the Challenge Cup then that is my aim."
You can see how champions Wigan Warriors fare against Huddersfield Giants on Thursday without Green at the John Smith's Stadium on Thursday live on Sky Sports 1 from 7.30pm
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