GIANTS forward Eorl Crabtree has been counted out of the England squad for the Four Nations tournament at the end of this month.
Crabtree had been set to join fellow Giants Danny Brough, Leroy Cudjoe and Luke Robinson in coach Steve McNamara’s train-on squad for the competition, but he will miss the tournament – which starts on October 28 – after having an operation to cure a shoulder injury.
“It is a big disappointment,” said Crabtree, who had surgery on the shoulder on Sunday – his 29th birthday.
“I had the op, which was quite a big one, on my birthday so now I am just chilling at home and then, hopefully, I will then get into rehabilitation in the near future.”
Crabtree (pictured) suffered the injury in the Giants final Super League outing of the season as they lost the play-off elimination game against Leeds at the Galpharm Stadium 34-28, but he had not immediately realised the extent of the problem.
“I didn’t really notice it too much, other than my shoulder was really sore,” said Crabtree.
“I got through the game and then, afterwards, I was still feeling discomfort and it was decided I needed to go for a scan – which showed I had done quite a bit of damage.
“There was a tear in the ligaments and in my bicep, and damage to the joint, and it was felt that something needed to be done straight away and that playing for England was not going to be possible.
“As things are I will be able to join in with training for the start of next season from the word go, whereas had I pushed on and tried to play through the injury with England there was every chance that I wouldn’t have made the start of next season.”
The Giants England contingent has been further diminished as Crabtree’s teammates Dale Ferguson (shoulder), Michael Lawrence (wrist), Jermaine McGilvary (ankle) and Larne Patrick (shoulder) have all pulled out of the England Knights squad through injury.