Damien Comer is targeting a mid-June comeback and a potential appearance in a Connacht SFC final should Galway get past London and Sligo.
Comer fractured a bone in his foot over Christmas and required surgery that has sidelined him all year.
The bustling forward was forced to watch from the wings as the Tribesmen maintained their Allianz Football League Division 1 status, finishing fifth with four wins and three defeats.
Kevin Walsh's men begin their Championship campaign at Ruislip against London on Sunday 5 May, with the winners then taking on Sligo two weeks later.
Comer will most likely miss both of those games but he feels like he's not too far away.
"I'm still a few weeks away. It'll probably be the middle of June I'd say," he told RTÉ Sport's Brian Carthy.
"I'll miss the London game anyway and we'll see after that. Mid-June is what the physios and doctors are saying at the moment. Who knows, it could be all for a bit of luck. Once I get out of it, and stay injury free for the rest of the year, I'll take it.
"It's never nice when you're watching the lads out there training. I've been lucky enough with injuries throughout my career.
"I haven't had anything too serious; this has been the worst. It's all part of playing the sport, you take the good with the bad.
"It's about building it up to now to be as as strong as it can get. Hopefully it won't be too long before I'm back on the pitch."