Huddersfield Giants coach Paul Anderson has confirmed that vice-captain and star forward Brett Ferres will miss another month of action due to injury.
Ferres has undergone surgery for a knee issue that forced him off the field during their Magic Weekend draw against Catalans Dragons, and is out for another extended period.
Ferres only recently came back from an ankle injury suffered during the Easter Monday clash against Salford Red Devils.
“Brett will have surgery on Thursday (today),” said Anderson.
“The damage isn’t as bad as we thought it would be, but there’s some damage to the joint and it needs cleaning up in and around there. He’ll be around a month.
“It’s the nature of the beast that injuries happen, he’s had a disrupted year but we’d rather have him right for the play-offs.”
Anderson will be without a number of key players for the visit of Wigan this Sunday, but he admits there’s no point in complaining about them, and they’ve got to look at the positives.
“We’ve got five or six people injured or banned which is tough. It’s not all doom and gloom though. We don’t dwell on injuries, we’ve rotated people around and I’ve a fair idea which way I’ll go with the team.
“There’s a chance someone like Jared (Simpson) could be in the 19 because of it; he’s been very good in the 19s and he’s one of the leaders down there. He’s got some good pedigree and he’s a very good player. He can do things other people in this team can’t do.”