Jordan Crawford feared the worst when he suffered a setback in the pre-season.
The Boomers star was diagnosed with osteitis pubis days after his side's opening trial game against Albury City and had doubts he'd play much at all in 2020.
However, with a bye for Boomers in round one and a lengthy delay to the season due to COVID-19, Crawford may not even miss a match.
"I was pretty lucky with the COVID in a way," Crawford said.
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"You can be out for quite a long time if its (osteitis pubis) not dealt with well.
"I've had a few sessions since we've been back and it's feeling pretty good, so I should be right.
"I didn't opt for surgery, I've had a bit of treatment with my therapist and physio and I've had a lot of time to focus on it with the isolation, which has helped quite a bit.
"I've taken my time to get back into it and I think it's worked well."
Crawford has primarily played in the midfield throughout his career, but was thrown into an unfamiliar role at centre back last year due to a string of injuries at the club and the forced retirement of Dustin Patten with concussion.
"We're quite lucky in the sense we've got seven or eight good strikers and midfielders and it's hard to take spots away from any of those players," Crawford said.
"I'll fill the gaps where they need me, but hopefully I'll get back into that midfield role."
The AWFA season is set to resume on July 12.