INJURED Essendon speedster Travis Colyer faces uncertainty around his comeback from a right foot injury but hopes to be back playing football within the first two months of the season.
Colyer, 26, had surgery in February to remove the sesamoid bone in his foot, and told reporters on Wednesday the Bombers' staff weren't overly experienced in dealing with this injury.
"It's sort of a hard one because it's not an injury our physios have rehabbed too often, so we're guided by, ultimately, how it feels," Colyer said.
"Maybe sort of round 5-6 is a good aim (to return), but we just have to let it take care of itself and don't want to push things too hard too quickly."
The West Australian is no longer wearing a moon boot and moving freely. He is hoping to begin running in the next week-and-a-half.
Originally the plan was to have Colyer avoid going under the knife but, after eight weeks, his foot had not responded the way Essendon wanted.
An operation on his left foot ruined the second half of his 2015, when he had a cracked navicular bone as well as a stress fracture on the fourth metatarsal of his foot.
Colyer was drafted with No.26 in 2009 and had not lined up in more than 12 matches in a season until last year, when he played all but one game.
Being able to spend so much time on the field filled Colyer with confidence.
"You've always got that little doubt as to whether you can play week-in and week-out. For me, injury and form, the combination hasn't allowed me to do that," Colyer said.
"Knowing what it takes now, it's something that I can take into this year."
David Myers will join teammates Michael Hurley, Cale Hooker and Orazio Fantasia in Colac, Victoria, for the Bombers' clash with the Cats on Sunday at 1.05pm AEDT.
Myers missed the last JLT Community Series clash against Richmond with gastro. It was disappointing outing for Essendon, losing by 87-points.
The Bombers believe the poor showing was a result of becoming too bogged down in the complexities of the game and not playing with instinct.
"With young guys, particularly, who come into the system there's a lot to learn. There's a lot that's different from under-18 footy but at the end of the day, there's still an element of, 'You know how to play the game. That's why you're in the system so just try and trust your gut'," Myers said.