Road racing legend Ryan Farquhar says any proposed comeback will be dictated by NHS waiting lists - as well as by his wife and two daughters.
Farquhar hailed our NHS heroes for saving his life after a horror smash at the North West 200 in 2016 and stressed it is only right that Covid cases take priority as the pandemic rages.
The Dungannon man, who runs the KMR Kawasaki team and holds the world record of 357 road race victories, has hinted that he wants to get back on a bike for the first time since that crash just over four years ago when he suffered a litany of injuries including a lacerated liver, a punctured lung and multiple broken bones.
But he has stressed that the situation is very much out of his control.
"I am waiting for a final operation in relation to my injuries. Until I get that operation there is absolutely no prospect of me racing again," he said.
"When the operation will take place is anybody's guess. It could be in two weeks, it could be in two years - I simply don't know," said the 44-year-old, whose uncle Trevor Ferguson was killed when racing at the Manx Grand Prix in 2012.
"Obviously, due to Covid, NHS waiting lists are growing. It is right that people suffering from Covid-related problems take priority," said Farquhar, who lost approximately two thirds of his liver due to internal injuries suffered in the crash.
And Farquhar confessed that his toughest battle could be persuading wife Karen and daughters Keeley and Mya that he has a future as a racer.
"I retired in 2012 after my uncle Trevor was killed and returned a couple of years later - but I never actually retired following my crash in 2016," stressed Farquhar.
"Trevor's death hit me hard - I had been going racing with him since I was about five years old. Ever since Trevor took me racing I have loved bikes.
"One of the reasons I retired was to spend more time with my family, but I had to earn a living so I carried on running the team. I worked so hard to keep everything going that I was stuck in the workshop all the time and I didn't enjoy that so, to me, the obvious thing to do was to get back on the bike.
"The notion is definitely there to come back but, because of my injuries, I am never going to be as fit as I was.
"If I could get the surgery and get back into the gym I would consider racing again, but even after the surgery I am not sure I will be able to race.
"My wife and two daughters are not keen - it hasn't gone down well with them. I suppose you have to be selfish to be a road racer, but if they dig their heels in I suppose it makes it unlikely I would race again."
Farquhar, who broke his neck in a crash at Cookstown in 2006, says he misses the buzz of hitting speeds of up to 200mph.
"I have never ridden an ordinary road bike. I have no interest - I would find it boring. You wouldn't get the adrenalin rush you get in road racing," he said.
"I miss everything about racing. It's more than a sport - it's a way of life, but I would only race again if I could be competitive. It would be great to get the buzz back."
Farquhar says that life as a team boss has its ups and downs.
"When things are going well and a rider wins, they tend to get all the credit, but if a rider doesn't win, they would be the first to say the bike wasn't good enough," he said.
"I always liked to prepare the bike then ride it myself. There is no better feeling in the world than tuning your own bike and then going out and winning on it.
"There have not been many riders over the years who have built their own bikes and also won on them."
And the man who has a record 201 Irish road race wins to his name, added: "I never dreamed when I was starting out that I would have had the success that I have enjoyed. It's been tough at times, but I was fortunate to have a lot of good sponsors over the years.
"I have raced against some great riders and I always looked up to Joey Dunlop. The first time I raced against him was such a thrill.
"Winning at the TT is very special, but so is standing on the top step at the North West on a sunny day in front of a packed grandstand."
Farquhar left his job as a plant fitter to become a full-time racer in 2004.
"To be honest, work was getting in the way of racing and I just wanted the opportunity to give it a real go. If it hadn't worked out I would have gone back to the day job," he said.
Farquhar admitted that he has mixed feelings about controversial plans to go ahead with the Cookstown 100 - postponed from April - next weekend.
"If the organisers can run the event within the guidelines and maintain social distancing for riders and spectators, then I suppose you could make a case for it, but I won't have any riders at it," said Farquhar.
"Our team's season just basically hasn't happened. Usually everything starts falling into place around March, April and May in terms of talking to sponsors and preparing for the North West and the TT, but because of the lockdown I have had very few dealings with sponsors.
"I just don't know what the future holds. I don't know if, financially, we will be in a position to compete if things get up and running again next season. I would not be in a position to fund a season's racing without sponsorship. Big events like the North West too depend on sponsors. It's doubtful that events will be able to offer teams financial support.
"Things are going to get harder for everyone. Who knows what events will go ahead next season? There are a lot of smaller companies involved in sponsorship at the North West but will those companies be in a position to continue doing that?
"Nothing will happen in terms of next season until early next year. I would like to send one or two riders to meetings, but if I can't afford it then I won't be doing it.
"I have a lot of my own money tied up in the bikes. The pandemic has hit particularly hard for us because it came on the back of a very expensive year due to mechanical failures and the like. So this is an extremely hard time, but it's the same for all businesses. In this day and age, for a virus to cause the suffering and hardship it has, is difficult to get your head around.
"Quite a few events have fallen by the wayside and might never be back. There will always be riders who want to ride, but events are going to need help from local councils or the government - but are they going to be in a position to do that? Other sports are going to need money too so there will be competition for that.
"It's sad about the financial situation the Ulster Grand Prix is in. I hope it comes back, Dundrod is a fantastic circuit.
"The North West and the TT would be our team's main events. We would also take in a few of the smaller meetings. I enjoy all the meetings. They are all unique and offer different challenges.
"I'm just keeping my fingers crossed that they survive."
If race meetings do survive, whether Ryan Farquhar ever graces them again remains to be seen.
But his place in road racing history was secured long ago.