EORL CRABTREE will return to action on Sunday desperate to help the Huddersfield Giants mount a strong Super League finish.
The 27-year-old has missed the last three top-flight fixtures after picking up an ankle injury in the defeat at St Helens on June 11.
But he will be back for Sunday’s home clash against Crusaders.
And he is needed to plug a big gap left by fellow prop Keith Mason, who head coach Nathan Brown has confirmed will be out for two weeks with a scar tissue problem.
And with another front-row forward, Andy Raleigh, sidelined for at least two more weeks with a neck injury, Crabtree knows his return couldn’t have come at a better time.
“Every week it seems a case of one in, one out,” he said.
“Keith has been playing very well this season and he’ll be a big miss.
“But you can always depend on Darrell Griffin, while Larne Patrick and Graeme Horne have been playing really well over the last couple of weeks.
“We know we’ve still got the players capable of getting the win on Sunday, and I’m really looking forward to being a part of that effort.
“This is the freshest I’ve felt for a while now. I’ll be coming into the game after a longer break than I had during pre-season because of my England Four Nations commitments, so hopefully that’ll make a difference.
“As well as me coming back this weekend, there should be others returning over the next few weeks, and that could be just at the right time.
“When we get everyone on the field we’re a match for anyone, and hopefully we’ll get the chance to prove that point.”