Huddersfield Giants chief Paul Anderson is hoping a two-week break will help bring even more out of in-form Ukuma Ta’ai.
The Tonga World Cup back-row forward’s blockbusting displays have made him a firm favourite among the Huddersfield Giants faithful.
A slight groin strain meant the 27-year-old missed last weekend’s impressive 36-18 Super League win at Wakefield.
But the former New Zealand Warriors packman is expected to be back in contention for Sunday’s home clash against Widnes Vikings as the Giants continue to push for a top-four finish.
“Ukuma picked up a groin injury in our win over Catalan,” confirmed Anderson.
“Although he was initially in our 19-man squad for Wakefield, we decided to withdraw him because we felt there was no point risking him.
“We do have some strong options in the back row, which was again evident with the way we played at Wakefield last weekend.
“But it’ll be good to get Ukuma back in contention for selection, and hopefully the break will help him keep on improving and give the team even more when he returns.”
Fellow forward Antonio Kaufusi is another eyeing a return after missing Wakefield with a slight knock.
The former Australia Test prop picked up a calf strain in the wake of the win over Catalan.