SOUTHS captain Ryan Glanville is eyeing off the "final month of footy" later this season as he awaits surgery on a ruptured pectoral.
The Merewether 24-year-old sees a surgeon on Monday to map out the exact details but if all things go to plan he wants to return for the Lions towards the back end of 2021.
Glanville's injury carries a similar timeline to that of Knights halfback Mitchell Pearce, who went down in NRL on the weekend.
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"Hopefully I'll be back for the final month of footy leading into finals," Glanville said.
"I'll know more on Monday after I've seen the surgeon and actually had the operations, but it's similar to Mitchell Pearce so I'm looking around the three-month mark. If we can start getting a few wins up then we can push for the finals."
Glanville, a primary school teacher, has been taking it easy the last week-and-a-half after being taken off inside the opening 20 minutes of round one against the Goannas at Cessnock.
"It was pretty painful straight away [following the tackle]," he said.
Jason Keelan, last year's grand final No.7 and also a 2018 Newcastle Rugby League premiership winner alongside Glanville, has since filled the void in Souths' halves.
Lions newcomer Toby Evans has been the mainstay.
Souths are home to Central on Sunday after opening their campaign with two losses.
The Lions welcome back Scott Matthews, who was unavailable over Easter.
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