ANXIOUS Giants chief Jon Sharp was today keeping his fingers crossed that Stuart Jones would pass a late fitness test and book his place on the coach to London Broncos.
The tough tackling back-rower has not played since suffering an ankle injury in the 40-22 Super League triumph over Wakefield a month ago.
Earlier this week the 24-year-old was still rated as 50-50 to make the line-up for tomorrow's capital clash against the Broncos (3.00).
Sharp admits the length of time it has taken Jones to recover from the knock has been frustrating, but he is hopeful the wait is almost over.
"We had initially hoped Stuart would be out for two weeks maximum," said Sharp.
"But it's taken longer to clear than we first thought, which has been frustrating for us and frustrating for Stuart.
"I think everyone is keeping their fingers crossed that everything goes according to plan today and he can be added to tomorrow's squad.
"There's no doubt we have missed him over the past few weeks.
"I regard Stuart as the unsung hero in the team.
"His game is basically error-free. He doesn't miss tackles and his defensive effort acts as an inspiration to those around him.
"I know that if he's passed fit to play tomorrow it'll give the squad a huge lift."
If Jones' test proves negative, Sharp is expected to field the same 17 that was beaten 34-24 at Hull a week ago.
And the Huddersfield coach admits he would settle for that.
"The boys who played at Hull last week were disappointed they let the game slip through their grasp," he added.
"They look like they're all determined not to make the same mistake again. They want to get things back on track at London this weekend."