Shoulder injury sidelines Huddersfield’s Jamie Ellis for up to 10 weeks

Published: Wednesday 2nd March 2016 by The News Editor

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Huddersfield’s early-season injury crisis has worsened with scrum-half Jamie Ellis ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a shoulder injury.

However, the Giants are hoping to have skipper Danny Brough back to take his place in Friday’s Super League basement battle with Leeds at Headingley, where both teams will be seeking their first win of the season.

Already without eight members of their 25-man squad, Ellis joined the club’s mounting casualty list when he went off in the first half of Sunday’s 36-18 home defeat by Widnes.

“He’ll be out for eight to 10 weeks,” said Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson. “He’s got a grade three a/c joint injury and is currently seeing a specialist in Manchester. If he needs surgery, he’ll have it straight away.”

Brough has missed the last two games after sustaining a “dead leg” in the Giants’ opening game at St Helens but he has been named in Anderson’s 19-man squad for the trip to Leeds.

“He’s trained today and we’ll see how he rocks up tomorrow,” Anderson said. “We’re confident with the things we’ve done with him. We’ve probably erred on the side of caution a fair bit but there is always a risk with people coming back from injury.

“We’ll see how he responds to training. There’s a bigger issue at stake here. If he tears that quad from the dead leg, he’s out for 10 or 12 weeks rather than one more week for us.

“It may well be that, if he’s not quite right, we’ll take a bit of short-term pain, but, if he plays on Friday, he’s not at risk.”

Anderson has once more drawn a blank in his efforts to bring in loan players.

“We’re definitely trying but Easter is coming so not a lot of teams are looking to let people go,” he said. “Hopefully, Kyle Wood, Joe Wardle and Eorl Crabtree are going to be back in the next week or two and Craig Huby is going to be around Easter time.”

Leeds have their own injury problems but veteran second rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan is set to make his comeback from an eight-month lay-off with a ruptured quad tendon.

Published: Wednesday 2nd March 2016 by The News Editor

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