A TOTAL of nine Giants Super League players are facing potential post-season surgery.
And that means several of the club’s top stars could miss this autumn’s international series.
England prop Eorl Crabtree is to undergo shoulder and elbow surgery, which is expected to keep him sidelined until early December, while scrum-half Danny Brough may have to have surgery on a groin tear.
The inspirational half-back suffered the injury during his side’s 46-10 play-off defeat at Hull FC and is waiting for a scan to assess the full extent of the damage.
Winger Jermaine McGillvary is another international to go under the knife to repair an ankle problem, which means he won’t be available for the England Knights.
The others set for operations are Luke O’Donnell (shoulder), Luke Robinson (hernia), Aaron Murphy (ankle), Luke George (hernia), Jacob Fairbank (shoulder) and Elliot Gorman (shoulder).
The extent of the injuries goes some way to explaining the Giants’ poor end to a campaign that had begun so promisingly.
In fact, the injury toll caps a season where neither Nathan Brown or Paul Anderson were never able to select from a fully-fit squad.
As well as the players facing the prospect of surgery, Kevin Brown (ankle), Lee Gilmour (shoulder), Jon Molloy (knee) and Josh Johnson (ankle) all had their seasons cut short by injuries.
All of the players who are having surgery will have their operations in the next few weeks, which means they’ll return for pre-season training by Christmas.
And that’s the one positive for head coach Anderson (right).
“The sooner the surgery is done, the sooner they’ll be back for pre-season surgery,” he said.
“That’s important when we’ve got so much work to do.”