Jillaroos star Ali Brigginshaw is expected to return in time for June's Women's State of Origin match despite suffering a syndesmosis injury.
Brigginshaw was scheduled to play for Ipswich in Queensland's new state competition in March but will now turn her attention to being at peak fitness in time for the June 19 game against NSW on the Sunshine Coast.
The injury is expected to keep her out of action for two months.
The 31-year-old suffered the setback in a trial match on the weekend and will undergo surgery on Thursday before requiring further treatment in April.
"I went in for a tackle and my foot got caught beneath me," Brigginshaw told qrl.com.au.
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"I am good [though], it is what it is. I am disappointed I will miss the QRLW season, being the first one I was really keen to be involved in it.
"I will be back running in April, the start of April. So, the next focus is Origin and I need to make sure I am fit."
Brigginshaw was due to join the Jillaroos squad on March 6 for a three-day training camp as preparations get underway for the 2020 international schedule.
The Jillaroos are yet to have their opponents for the end of the year locked in but remain hopeful of playing more than one Test match leading into the 2021 World Cup in England.
State competitions in Queensland and New South Wales will operate from March through to July before players link up with NRLW clubs for the third season.