A hamstring tear, hernia complaint, broken wrist and fractured finger doesn't sound fun, but Kieran Govers is confident the enforced break will be ideal come Commonwealth Games time.
The Illawarra Olympian has endured a wretched couple of months, which included surgery for his long-standing hernia complaint, all while rehabilitating a 15-centimetre hamstring tear so severe the muscle became 50 per cent detached from his glute.
Those long-term injuries came shortly after he had returned to a clean bill of health following wrist and finger ailments sustained in a match against Australia A.
An established member of the Kookaburras' Champions Trophy-winning squad, Govers is hopeful of returning to full training soon after being forced to skip next month's Australian Hockey League.
"We've got a pretty busy year next year," Govers said. We start training full time at the start of December and we don't finish until [the] Commonwealth Games.
"It's going to be pretty hectic, so to get my break in now [will help] and then I'll start ramping it up before Christmas."
Govers suffered his hamstring tear after scoring in Australia's World Hockey League semi-final win over the Netherlands in June.
Momentarily stalled on 77 Test caps, the Albion Park junior said Kookaburras coach Ric Charlesworth will keep the entire squad on their toes heading into an important 2014 campaign.
"I want to cement my spot and be one of the main threats in world hockey as a striker," Govers said. "I've got a lot to work on still and the main one is to stay injury free for as long as I can."