Rick Stone has admitted a return date for Huddersfield Giants star Jermaine McGillvary still can’t be fixed.

The explosive England winger suffered a torn quad muscle in head coach Stone’s first game in charge at home to St Helens on July 17.

Yet while back-row forward Tom Symonds is ready to return in Sunday’s Middle 8s clash at Batley Bulldogs – he was also injured against Saints – with a calf injury and, ‘at a pinch’, could have played in Sunday’s home game against Featherstone, Stone can’t give a guarantee on when world-class winger McGillvary will step back onto the field.

“We’re just not quite sure on Jerry at all,” revealed the Australian.

“It’s good news that Tom can return this weekend. In fact, at a pinch he could have featured against Featherstone, but we decided it wouldn’t do him any harm to get a few more miles under his belt before we put him back out there.

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“But with Jerry we just don’t know at this stage when he’ll be right to play again.

“Like with Tom’s injury, it’s one of those where if you bring him back just a little bit too early you risk doing longer-term damage and the player being out for a lot longer.

“You just have to err on the side of caution with things like this.

“Hopefully, we’ll see Jerry back in action pretty soon, but we just can’t make a call on that now.”