DAVID FA’ALOGO can finally see some light at the end of a very dark tunnel.
In the two years the former New Zealand Test back-row forward has been at the Giants, he has been plagued by injury.
Mystery surrounded the reason why the 31-year-old kept suffering hamstring injuries which kept him on the sidelines for months, with many medical experts left baffled.
On several occasions, the problem appeared to have been solved and Fa’alogo returned to the field to regularly show what a prize Huddersfield asset he could be.
But just when it looked as if his injury nightmare was behind him, the problem would again rear its ugly head.
To say it left former South Sydney ace Fa’alogo frustrated and demoralised was an understatement.
Yet now the outlook is far more positive.
Towards the end of last year, the mystery was solved and his long-standing problem could finally be resolved.
It was discovered all his hamstring woes were related to a serious back problem, with surgery the only answer.
Yes, it means Fa’alogo won’t be able to return to Giants’ Super League action until March.
But it should also mean that when he does step back onto the field he should be 100% fit and get back to the form that made him a Kiwi regular when his nation was at the height of its rugby league powers a few years ago.
“To finally get back out onto the field and be fully fit will be a great feeling,” said Fa’alogo, who finished last season as one of the Giants’ top performers.
“There’s still a few months to go before that’ll happen, but the rehabilitation is going really well and according to plan.
“At the moment, I’m working on making the muscles around my lower back stronger and there’s improvement in this area all the time.
“But I think the acid test will come in about a fortnight’s time when I try running for the first time.
“That’s probably the biggest challenge ahead of me right now, and if I manage to pass that then I’ll know things are definitely looking good.
“It’s obviously been a tough couple of months for me, but I’m hoping that in the long term it’ll all be worthwhile and I can get back onto the field and help the Giants have their best season in the competition.
“We’ve certainly got the squad to do it.”
As well as having the major back surgery, Fa’alogo also had a damaged ankle repaired.
And that’s already done the trick.
“I suppose it was a bit of a double whammy having to have my ankle done as well as my back,” he added.
“But with the time scale of that injury, it’s not affected my March return date.
“To be honest, it’s going to be great to get out there and test myself.”