Injured Knights captain Mitchell Pearce is hopeful he'll only miss 10 weeks of footy, not the 16 weeks the club is predicting, as he prepares to have surgery tomorrow.
Scans confirmed Pearce tore his pectoral muscle in Saturday's 22-20 win over the Wests Tigers in Tamworth.
The injury is a major blow for Pearce and the club, ruling him out of Origin selection.
"It’s disappointing – we’re in a really good position as a club. I’ll go in for an operation tomorrow, and I’ll miss a fair bit of footy, but I’m hoping to get back in around 10 weeks or so,” he told KOFM's Tanya and Steve.
"The worst case is 16 weeks. I spoke to a few other guys who did a similar injury and it was 10 weeks. It just depends how you heal, so I’m obviously going to think of the best case, and I’ve generally been a good healer."
It's the first time Pearce has suffered a pectoral muscle injury.
"There’s a tendon that I hyperextended and I felt it pop straight away, so I knew it didn’t feel great," he said.
"I’ve been pretty lucky with injuries, I’ve hardly had any my whole career, so it just sucks to come at a time when we’re on the way up."
Pearce hopes to be a positive off-field influence to his teammates while he recovers on the sidelines.
"I’m pretty angry and disappointed, but I know that with my influence as co-captain, I’ll be getting in there and doing as much as I can during the week, and I still have total belief in the boys."
"To be honest, we’ve had a tough start to the draw and we’ve come up trumps. I just want to keep leading as well as I can and helping the younger halves that come in there."