Leeds Rhinos half-back Danny McGuire could be back in action within a month, coach Brian McDermott has revealed.
There were fears the England international could miss the rest of the season after breaking his leg in the Rhinos' Super League loss at Hull FC on May 31.
Now McDermott has suggested the 30-year-old could be back in contention for the end-of-season play-offs as well as the autumn World Cup.
McDermott, speaking at a press conference, said: "Danny McGuire is getting closer, still maybe three weeks off."
McDermott had less positive updates on second row Brett Delaney and centre Joel Moon following last week's Super League victory at London Broncos.
He said: "Brett Delaney will be a few weeks, he banged and twisted his knee against London.
"Unfortunately for Brett his misfortune continues, he has had a torrid season with injuries.
"Joel Moon has strained a ligament in his foot, very similar to Kallum Watkins' injury, so we are expecting that to be two or three weeks."
Prop Ryan Bailey is unlikely to return for Friday's trip to Salford City Reds due to an infection in the thumb he broke almost two months ago, although it has otherwise healed.
Fellow forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan is likely to be out for another month with a knee problem.