NEWCASTLE Jets captain Jobe Wheelhouse hopes to make the next important step on his road to recovery within a fortnight.
The inspirational midfielder wants be back on his feet before the June long weekend, that is, before he goes back to his doctor.
A bursa removed from his left foot earlier this week ended a run of outs for Wheelhouse, who battled the injury for several months with the help of pain-killing injections and a hole cut into his playing boot to ease pressure.
“I think it was about two-thirds of the season I was playing with the injections,” Wheelhouse told the Jets website.
“Obviously [it was] with a modified boot and pain-killers through the week.
“It wasn’t ideal but I got through as many games as I could.”
The surgery signalled a new beginning for the big-hearted playmaker.
“The doctor said everything went well,” Wheelhouse said.
“I see the doctor again in about 10 or 12 days and he’ll take the suture out and remove the boot.
“I’m just going to be sore for a fortnight or so.
“I’ll be off my feet for a week and then be back doing light duties.”
The best-case scenario for ardent Jets fans is to see the 27-year-old return to the training paddock in the first week or so of July.
“The doctor seemed to think I could be back to full training in about a month,” he said.
“Four to six weeks was the prognosis before the surgery.”
He ruled out any weight-bearing training too early in his recovery because the surgical cut is on the sole of his foot.
“It all depends on how the scar heals.”
Wheelhouse now looks forward to a 2012-13 season to erase some bad memories on the paddock and a turbulent off-season for the club.
The Jets central midfielder played 19 games last season, starting two off the bench. He will notch his 100th game for the club in round six if his comeback remains on track.