HUDDERSFIELD Giants' Stuart Fielden is closing in on a return to action.
But Giants chief Paul Anderson doesn’t expect that to come at home to Super League champions Leeds Rhinos on Sunday week.
The 33-year-old former Great Britain prop has been sidelined for the past two months after picking up an infection following a knee clear-out operation.
The Giants have this weekend off, with Super League taking a break because of Friday’s England v Exiles Origin clash at Warrington.
But Anderson is hopeful it won’t be too long before Fielden is wearing the claret and gold once again.
“Stu’s getting there or thereabouts in terms of his return,” revealed Anderson.
“What’s really disappointing about the length of this particular absence is that it’s been completely out of everybody’s hands. To pick up the infection after surgery is simply very cruel luck.
“But we’ve always said with Stu that we’ll be managing him very carefully, because of the number of years he’s been playing at the very top.
“So there’s no way we were ever going to contemplate rushing him back.
“He’ll be back playing when he’s 100%, and he is getting there now.
“It’s obviously been a very tough and frustrating time for him, so we’ll all be delighted when we see him back out there.
“He continues to do a magnificent job for us behind the scenes, but we all want to see him back out there influencing the team on the field.”