TAMWORTH, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 21: Mitchell Pearce of the Knights scores a try during the round seven NRL match between the Wests Tigers and the Newcastle Knights at Scully Park on April 21, 2018 in Tamworth, Australia. (Photo by Jason McCawley/Getty Images)

Newcastle halfback Mitchell Pearce is hoping to make his return to the NRL in just over two months, after rupturing hid pectoral tendon in the Knights’ 22-20 win over Wests Tigers on Saturday.

The Knights initially ruled Pearce out for four months, meaning he was set to return in the final weeks of the season.

However, Pearce believes he can follow in the footsteps of fellow players around the league, and make a return sooner than expected.

“Worse case is four months, so 16 weeks. I’ve spoken to other guys … Boyd Cordner from the Roosters is a good mate of mine, he did a similar injury that was 10 weeks. Daniel Tupou is out for 10 weeks,” Pearce told KOFM Newcastle on Monday.

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“It just depends how you heal. I’m obviously going to think about the best case and that’s 10 weeks.

“I’m going in for the operation tomorrow then I can get stuck into rehab. I’ve generally been a good healer.”

Pearce, who has had a relatively clean bill of health over his long career, was disappointed after picking up the injury.

“I’m pretty angry, I’m pretty disappointed,” Pearce said.

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