End of season groin surgery is set to rule Jordan Kahu out of New Zealand's 2017 Rugby League World Cup campaign.
But Kahu insists he can still be Brisbane's clutch goalkicker in the NRL finals despite being restricted by his ongoing injury.
The winger said he would be able to nurse the lingering complaint through Brisbane's title tilt ahead of Friday night's knockout semi-final against Penrith at Suncorp Stadium.
The World Cup will likely be another matter.
"I still have to have scans but it is looking that way," Kahu said of end of season surgery.
"It is pretty sore but being this time of the year it is just something I push to the back of my mind."
Kahu said the groin injury restricted him to goal kicking practise only on match eve.
But he insisted he was still the man to take the pressure finals kicks for Brisbane as they look to end their premiership drought.
"After the game the pain is pretty high and the more kicking I do it is even more sore," he said of his groin complaint.
"But personally I just want that (goal kicking) job.
"I want to be able to take those big kicks in the finals."
Kahu may be considered for fullback against ex-Broncos coach Anthony Griffin's Panthers with Brisbane still waiting to see if skipper Darius Boyd has recovered from a hamstring injury.
Boyd missed their tight opening finals loss to Sydney Roosters and is racing the clock to be fit for the knockout clash with Penrith.
David Mead filled in at fullback against the Roosters but a backline reshuffle may be on the cards to help keep Brisbane's title tilt alive.
Kahu admitted Brisbane faced a tough call on whether to roll the dice with Boyd's fitness.
"It's a hard thing. If we win this game and he does play and he gets hurt we miss him for the rest of the year so we will see," he said.
"He is a crucial player, our team captain and we would love to have him back - it will be a tough decision."
Kahu expected Brisbane to respond against Penrith after copping a Wayne Bennett spray after their disappointing opening finals effort.
"How cranky was Wayne? He was up there, that's all I can say about that," Kahu smiled.