Penrith Panthers winger Josh Mansour continues to battle a shoulder injury that should have sidelined him for at least a month.
Mansour suffered a high-grade AC joint strain and ruptured clavicle ligament when he was hit by Reed Mahoney and Tepai Moeroa in a run off the scrum during the Panthers' round one loss to Parramatta in March.
He missed Penrith's's round two win over Newcastle but rather than spend further time on the sidelines, the 28-year-old is not willing to give up his spot on the wing and has opted to play through the pain barrier.
"It's a bit of a unique one, put that on my list of mad injuries," Mansour told NRL.com.
"The doctor who has been at this club for several years said they've only seen one other player have it.
"I'm still managing it, it's been quite painful I'm not going to lie. But the positive is it's getting better in some miraculous way."
Mansour has had a quiet start to the season but insisted the injury hasn't contributed to the dip in his numbers.
The former Australian winger is averaging career-low figures overall but has looked more comfortable in recent weeks to coincide with the return of Viliame Kikau on the left edge.
"I can't put any excuses because every player that takes the field is equal at the end of the day," Mansour said.
"It was quite painful, I thought I broke my collarbone. I felt like my whole shoulder got lodged up and if you were looking in the mirror it felt like the collarbone was up near my ear.
"Ultimately it's a decision that lies on me to keep playing on. I've had an open discussion with [Panthers coach] Ivan [Cleary] about it and said I was confident I'd be able to do my job.
"Time is my best friend at the moment so I've just got to respect that."