Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow is certain to be ready to hit the training field for the Dolphins in January after undergoing successful surgery on Friday.
Tabuai-Fidow suffered an ankle injury representing Samoa in the Rugby League World Cup and was sent home from England for treatment immediately.
And it was good news for the Dolphins, with Tubai-Fidow diagnosed with a grade two syndesmosis injury that was immediately operated on.
The ankle has been repaired with a minimum of eight weeks rehabilitation required.
Tabuai-Fidow was originally meant to complete the entire World Cup with Samoa, which meant he would not be back at Dolphins training until all international representatives return in January.
A timeline of eight to 10 weeks of recovery puts him on track to be back at full fitness for that date.
“He was operated on last Friday and the injury was not as severe as we feared it might have been,” said Dolphins’ Head of Performance Jeremy Hickmans.
“He has had a syndesmosis injury previously on his other leg, and it is not as bad as that one was.
“The good thing is that he will be back to full training by January.
“From our point of view if he had played the full World Cup that is when he would have been returning to training anyway.”
The Dolphins will begin their first pre-season in two weeks’ time ahead of their debut in the NRL in 2023.