Sydney Roosters five-eighth Luke Keary doesn't believe he'll miss the start of the NRL season, despite having issues in his recovery from a broken jaw.
Keary was hurt in a training mishap last month and needed to have surgery that inserted a plate into his jaw.
He's been having constant rehab and remains confident he'll be passed fit for the round one clash with Wests Tigers.
The 26-year-old says he's experienced repeated headaches during the past month and club medical staff won't be taking any risks with his recovery.
Keary has missed both of the Tricolours' pre-season trials and is yet to take the paddock alongside marquee halfback Cooper Cronk.
He'd originally been told he would be sidelined for four weeks and has yet to return to contact training.
But with almost two weeks to go until the Roosters take on the Tigers at ANZ, Keary says his headaches issue following his accidental blow from the shoulder of Sitili Tupouniua is "nothing too concerning."
He added: "I've done a little bit of training but not too much no. It's a slow thing and I'm aiming to get back into it over the next couple of weeks.
"The recovery is probably a bit slower than what we thought but it's nothing too serious."
Back-up half Mitch Cornish has started both trial matches alongside Cronk and either he or back-rower Ryan Matterson would be the most likely options if former Rabbitoh Keary can't play against Wests Tigers.
Keary says he will look to build up his intensity in training in the next seven days.
"I'm still expecting (to return) round one," he added. "We've had that in line from when it happened, so unless something happens in the next week then I should be OK."
Sydney Roosters are 1/1 to win their first game of the season against Wests Tigers, who are 1/1.
The Roosters are 1/1 conceding a 10.5-points start.
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