ANDY RALEIGH has been ruled out for the rest of the month with an eye injury.
The 30-year-old Giants prop suffered a tear to his right iris and just above it during the closing stages of his side’s superb 29-10 home triumph over Warrington Wolves.
It was a victory that took in-form Huddersfield back to the top of Super League XVI until Castleford’s win yesterday.
The injury to Raleigh took some of the gloss off a seventh win from nine top-flight starts.
But as the damage could have been far more serious, the forward is remaining positive.
“It was just a freak injury caused by an accidental poke in the eye,” he said.
“But it was a pretty nasty one.
“When it first happened it was very painful and I couldn’t see out of the eye at all.
“The fear was that I’d suffered a detached retina, but it’s just a tear.
“My vision is still pretty blurred, but hopefully that will settle down in a couple of days.
“It’s very disappointing, because I’d just got into the side after suffering a badly-cut eyelid in pre-season, and it was such a great win the other night.
“It’s now just a case of waiting for things to settle down.”
With Raleigh absent, head coach Nathan Brown will be hoping fellow forwards David Fa’alogo and Darrell Griffin will be available again.
“They were just not quite fit enough to play last week,” said Brown.
“But hopefully we’ll get some good news off the medical staff and they’ll be back in contention.”