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North Queensland Cowboys forward Glenn Morrison can see one positive out of the back injury that has almost certainly ended his NRL season - he'll get to spend more time with his eight-week old daughter Halle-Blu.
Morrison and his wife Robyn celebrated the birth of their first daughter in April but the 28-year-old has spent precious little time at home since thanks to his league commitments.
Morrison has been told to do nothing for a fortnight and then take it slow as he works his way back from two fractured vertebrae in his back.
He is resigned to missing the remainder of the season but is expected to make a full recovery.
"The only trouble is I can't pick her up," Morrison said.
"It's going to be good to be home for a while. That's a positive."
The other positive is Morrison will be able to resume his career next season.
The only question is where he will be.
The 28-year-old has received an offer from the Cowboys but is ready to test his value on the open market once the June 30 anti-tampering deadline expires.
"They said like any other break, you have to let it heal," Morrison said.
"There's not going to be long-term damage.
"At the moment I'm not going to rush anything.
"They said you'll be playing again next year. I have a letter from the specialist saying it's only short term."
Morrison injured his back in a clash with St George Illawarra fullback Ben Hornby during the first half of last weekend's win over the Dragons.
He spent several days in Wollongong Hospital before receiving permission to fly back to Townsville, where he spent another night in the Mater Hospital.
He's now at home laid up in a bed - borrowed from the hospital.
"When I first did it I couldn't breathe," Morrison said.
"Once I got some breath I said to the trainer it's my back.
"I didn't think I'd broken anything.
"When I got the x-rays back and they said there was a couple of fractures, that was a bit scarey.
"Five or six doctors came in to see me.
"They said they were worried about my neck but everything has turned out pretty good.
"I'm not going to rush it. They're saying to me 12 weeks and we only have 13 games left.
"There's no use rushing back for one game.
"If we're a semifinal chance and things are looking good then ... I would like to play."