Peter Boon is hoping he can prove his fitness in time to play for Macquarie Raiders against Dubbo CYMS in the Tooheys New Group 11 grand final this Sunday.
The Raiders five-eighth did not play in Macquarie's 36-18 preliminary final win against Cobar on Sunday after reopening a deep cut above his knee in the minor semi-final against Cabonne United the week before.
He received 10 stitches, was bound to crutches and taking antibiotics in an attempt to reduce swelling and speed the healing process.
Time is running out for Boon, who will visit his doctor today and attend training tonight, but he said he would give himself every chance.
"I don't want to miss out," Boon said.
"This opportunity only comes around every now and then.
"The doctor might advise me not to play but I've got six months to recover.
"I haven't had a run yet. I'm waiting for the swelling and fluid to go down, then I will have a run later in the week and it will be up to (coach) Jim Kelly to see how I'm going."
Boon's cut opened when he dived to gather a ball. The previous week he had played with it heavily padded and bandaged.
Against Cabonne he refused to cover it but he said he would not take that chance again.
Kelly didn't rate Boon's chances of playing but was not prepared to rule the inspirational playmaker out just yet.
"We are having an extra Monday recovery session to assess the injuries from Sunday and to see exactly who we've got," Kelly said yesterday.
"We will see how Boon goes during the week but at this stage I think he's far from playing.
"On Sunday there was enough fluid to fill a milk bottle from his knee."