Puara was named in the final 29-man squad that was announced this week but hasn’t been training with the team because of an injured left shoulder.
Coach Michal Marum added Puara underwent major surgery to his left shoulder during the off season and is currently undergoing rehabilitation.
“He’s had 6 weeks in rehabilitation and is back here now. He will travel to Brisbane next week for a review after which the medical staff will make an assessment on when to resume full body contact training,” said Marum.
“So we probably won’t see Wartovo play until round 4 or 5 of the season.
“There’s no rush in getting Wartovo back, we have Sailas Gahuna and Lawrence Tu’u back in the squad who are both dummy half players as well.
“There’s no rush.”