DANNY BROUGH is closing in on a return to Giants’ Super League action.
The inspirational 28-year-old was expected to be sidelined for up to eight weeks after suffering a damaged left ankle in the home win over Castleford a month ago.
But the scrum half’s rehabilitation is going better than had originally been hoped, with head coach Nathan Brown confident of seeing Brough back on the field ‘pretty soon’.
"At a push, we could even have risked playing Broughy this week," said Brown.
"That’s a measure of how well his recovery has been going.
"But at this stage it’s just not worth bringing him straight back in.
"The most important thing is to make sure he’s going to be in the best possible shape he can be for the end of the season when the season-defining games are played.
"But we certainly expect to see him back on the field pretty soon."
Warrington coach Tony Smith is also adopting a similar approach to his players.
The Wolves will welcome back Louis Anderson for Friday’s top-of-the-table home clash against the Giants, but will again be without influential duo Lee Briers and Adrian Morley as they seek their 10th win in 11 games.
Briers withdrew from the Wolves’ squad against Castleford Tigers 24 hours before kick-off after tearing his calf in training, while Morley missed the game after suffering a head injury in the previous week's win against St Helens.
However, despite their absences, Warrington were still able to secure a comfortable 48-18 triumph at the Tigers.
"Lee’s had a little calf tear. It means he’ll be out for a couple of weeks at least while that repairs," revealed Warrington coach Tony Smith.
"And Moz will probably be another week or so. We’re just making sure he’s okay and freshening him right up.
"With the couple of head knocks he’s received, I don't want to muck around and neither does he, you’ve got to make sure health is taken care of first.
"We’re being a bit cautious and will give him another week or so. He’ll be better for it when he comes back."
Anderson will be back in the 19 after shaking off a niggly calf injury.
"Louis probably could have played at the weekend but I held him back," added Smith. "He should be available to us and will come into the squad somewhere."