Paul Anderson is hoping injured Daniel Smith will have been boosted by the Giants’ emphatic 38-6 home victory over Hull KR.
The Huddersfield head coach has confirmed the 22-year-old prop could miss the rest of the Super League XXI season after undergoing surgery on the right foot he damaged during the 20-16 defeat at champions Leeds Rhinos 10 days ago.
The injury is similar to the one suffered by Giants teammate Kyle Wood at Catalans Dragons last July, with Anderson admitting it’s a cruel blow for his young front-row forward.
“These are our worse fears confirmed,” said Anderson, who does hope to have fellow prop Craig Huby (broken hand) back for the busy Easter programme in a fortnight.
“He underwent the operation on Friday and will have to spend the next two weeks at home with his foot in the air before he can begin his rehab.
“We’re looking at him being out for about six months, which means he could be miss the rest of the season.
“I told him straight after the surgery to try and keep as positive as possible and to remember that with every day that goes by, he’s getting a day closer to getting back on the field.
“He also knows that we, as a club, will rally around him and give him all the support he needs. This is his first big injury, but he’s still a young player and has a lot of rugby ahead of him.
“I hope he could appreciate us getting that first win.”
Anderson, meanwhile, has confirmed he’ll shortly be sitting down with trialist winger Jamie Foster to discuss his future.
The former St Helens Super League Grand Final winner was yesterday left out of the Giants side that secured that first win of the season over Hull KR, with Foster 18th man.
And for a player on trial, that could potentially be bad news in his bid to earn a full-time contract.
“This is something for me and Jamie to talk about,” said Anderson.
Justin Carney scored two tries on his return to Castleford as Salford earned a hard-fought 32-16 victory in a bruising Super League clash.
Carney left the Tigers for the Red Devils on a season-long loan under a cloud and he was in the spotlight just five minutes in after a set-to with Nathan Massey resulted in him being sent to the sin-bin.
But the Australian winger kept his cool after returning to the field, scoring a brace to help Salford secure their first win at Castleford since 2004.
In-form centre Josh Griffin also crossed twice after Greg Johnson’s opener and Gareth O’Brien enjoyed a perfect afternoon with the boot, while Denny Solomona ended on the losing side despite his hat-trick.<p/>