ROD JENSEN has pledged to do everything within his power to play in Sunday’s Super League clash against champions Leeds Rhinos at the Galpharm.
The Giants’ powerful 29-year-old Australian is undergoing intensive rehabilitation on the right ankle he damaged in last Sunday’s 70-12 pre-season triumph at Batley.
‘The Rocket’ still remains a major doubt for Huddersfield’s opening game of Super League XIII.
But he isn’t prepared to accept defeat until the very last minute.
“While there’s still a chance of making the game, I’ll be doing everything I can,” he said.
“It is a little upsetting that a small thing like this could jeopardise my chances of playing in such a massive game, but there’s no way I’ll give up.
“I had a pretty rigorous week last week, and I have made progress.
“But at this stage, there’s no way I’m prepared to tempt fate. I know one bad day next week would ruin my chances of playing.
“I’ve just got to be patient, do what the medical boys say and then hope it all works.
“I suppose the one consolation about this is that the injury could have been a whole lot worse.
“When I picked it up, I did think I’d broken my ankle.
“I heard a crack and thought that’s me gone. But, apparently, that’s the noise ligaments make when they’re stretched.
“That still hurts and causes a lot of swelling, although that’s going down now.
“After the way we’ve played in pre-season and with my own tryscoring form in that time, I was really excited about the Leeds game. Now I’m just feeling really anxious about the thought of missing it.”