Huddersfield Giants’ fading hopes of reaching Super League’s top eight have been dealt another devastating blow.
Playmaker and goal-kicing half back Danny Brough will miss Thursday night’s crucial Super League meeting with table-toppers Hull FC.
Brough was sin-binned for a challenge on Wakefield Trinity centre Reece Lyne in the Giants 28-16 home reversal in the
Challenge Cup’s quarter-finals last week, and was referred for his high tackle to the Rugby Football League’s disciplinary committee.
The 33-year-old Scotland international submitted an early guilty plea and has been handed a one-match ban that will see him miss the clash with his former club.
Should the Giants be beaten at the John Smith’s Stadium they are all but mathematically destined to play the second half of the season battling for Super League survival in the Middle 8s.
And Giants caretaker coach Andy Kelly is still waiting to discover whether full-back Scott Grix, prop Sam Rapira and centre Joe Wardle, who were all injured in the defeat at the hands of Wakefield, would be in a position to face Lee Radford’s league leaders.
“The club are still waiting to find out the results of the scans that the players have had on their respective injuries,” said a club spokesman.
“We are hoping to hear as soon as possible, but it could be tomorrow before the situation becomes clear.”
With the Giants already missing front row forwards Daniel Smith and Craig Huby, plus back row forward Sebastine Ikahihifo, their task looks even tougher against an Airlie Birds outfit who have won 15 of their last 16 games in all competitions – reaching the Challenge Cup’s semi-finals with a 22-8 win over Catalans Dragons in their latest outing.
Meanwhile, the Giants final away fixture of the regular Super League campaign against Warrington Wolves has been changed to Saturday, July 23, with a 2pm kick-off.
The match had been originally been scheduled for Sunday, July 24, but at the request of the Wolves, who are looking for a longer recovery time ahead of their Challenge Cup semi-final to be played against Wakefield at Leigh Sports Village on Saturday, July 30, it’s been moved.