IN-FORM Huddersfield Giants could be without Stuart Donlan for the next six weeks.
The Super League utility back faces an operation on a groin injury which has caused him problems for several months.
The injury has restricted him to five senior appearances this season, with his last coming in the 42-20 triumph at Wakefield on Good Friday.
Donlan could have carried on playing if necessary. But with the rest of the Giants' backs in a rich vein of form and coach Jon Sharp having so many options with his injury-free threequarters, it was decided to get the problem sorted out now.
"Stuart has been finding it a real struggle and it was obvious it needed sorting out," said Sharp.
"And because we've good competition for places, now seemed the ideal time.
"We're already looking forward to welcoming Stuart back injury-free."
Sharp and his Giants head to Odsal on Sunday (3.00), with hosts Bradford Bulls dedicating the game to Trevor Foster.
The 90-year-old rugby league legend, who was a former Bradford captain and Great Britain international, died last week after 67 years at Odsal and the Bulls will issue a commemorative matchday programme for the game, which will feature a video presentation on Trevor. A Welsh choir will provide the pre-match entertainment.
Foster's family will be guests of honour and four of his grandchildren will be mascots and lead out the team. There will also be a minute's silence before kick-off.
"Trevor was loved by everyone at the club and in the community of Bradford and we feel it is right to dedicate this, our first home game since his death, to his memory," said Bulls media manager Stuart Duffy.
"We urge all the people of Bradford, whether they are Bulls supporters or not, to come to Odsal and honour a man who gave so much to the club and the city."
The gates will open at 12.30, with the Bulls v Giants Junior Academy clash getting under way at 12.40.