Giants coach Nathan Brough has confirmed his inspirational goalkicking scrum-half will return for Sunday’s Super League XVI trip to Bradford Bulls.

The 28-year-old, left, suffered ankle damage in the victory over Castleford Tigers on June 5.

It was initially feared Brough would be sidelined for up to two months.

But he is back three weeks ahead of schedule and could be joined in the side by prop Darrell Griffin, who has made a good recovery from the niggles that forced him to miss last Friday’s top-of-the-table defeat at Warrington Wolves.

Utility forward David Faiumu still needs another week to recover from his rib injury, although the signs suggest he could be fit for the Challenge Cup quarter-final trip to Castleford the following Sunday.

However, Galpharm chief Brown admits two out of three isn’t bad, particularly at this stage of the season when knocks don take their toll.

“It’s good news regarding Broughy and Griff, there’s no doubt about it,” said Brown, whose side escaped relatively injury-free from the physical contest at Warrington.

“To be in a position to bring back Broughy now, in particular, is a bonus.

“Nathan Mill (physio) and Greg Brown (rehab chief) have done a great job in getting him back so soon, although Broughy himself also needs a lot of credit.

“He’s worked hard throughout rehab and has been very well disciplined. Getting back so quickly is a reward for the effort he’s put in.”