Queensland Bulls and Brisbane Heat batsman Chris Lynn has admitted the "worst-case scenario" of season-ending shoulder surgery was still an option.
The 26-year-old dislocated his left shoulder at training on the eve of Queensland's Matador Cup campaign, shortly after being anointed the Bulls' captain for the 50-over tournament.
Lynn, who said he didn't want to take the field at less than 100% fitness, added while batting should be okay once he recovered, having full mobility in the field was the great unknown.
"I think batting will be all right, but it'll be quite sore. And there are more components to the game than batting," he said.
"I've got to be able to throw and move around in the field, especially for Twenty20.
"So I'll see where I'm at in a couple of weeks, and if it's not coming good with the bat then I might have to look at the second option, which is the worst-case scenario in surgery."
Lynn admitted luck wasn't on his side, suffering the injury at the worst possible time of his blossoming career.
"It's not great, but I suppose the guys who have come out the other side (of injuries) are a lot better for it," he said.
"I'll keep throwing punches and keep trying to get back out there."
Despite the bad timing, he said he was still trying to look positively at the season ahead.
"If I can get a Shield game in before the Big Bash (with the Heat's first game against the Renegades on December 19) I'd love that," he said.
"If not, I'll be ready to go for the Brisbane Heat."
Meanwhile, Lynn threw his support behind the struggling Cricket Australia XI concept, despite the team of young second-XI state players being thrashed in its opening two Matador Cup games.
"We're here to produce Australian players, and this is giving guys an opportunity to play first-class cricket, so I'm all for that," he said.
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