Desperately unlucky Kyle Wood has had another major setback in his bid to return to Giants Super League action.
The 26-year-old hooker or half-back has been told he faces at least another month on the sidelines with a quad-muscle injury he suffered on the eve of last month’s home pre-season trial clash against Catalans Dragons.
Had he faced the French, it would have been his first competitive game since he suffered a broken foot in the Super League victory at Catalans last July.
But Wood is now expected to make his 2016 bow at around the same time as prop Craig Huby, who is due to have the pot removed from his broken hand over the next few days before embarking on a final four-to-six week rehabilitation period.
“Woody’s been doing it really tough,” said Anderson, who also confirmed fellow hooker Luke Robinson will miss Friday’s opening Super League XXI trip to St Helens to rest his on-going back problem.
“He had a recurrence of a little quad issue he’s had and it means he’s going to be a good four to six weeks before he’ll be ready to play.
“With no Woody, Robbo and Chubs (Huby), we are going to be without a few of the senior blokes.
“But we’ve still got the squad going across to Saints on Friday night more than ready to get the job done.”