FORMER Giants favourite Stanley Gene is hoping to overcome a leg injury and play against Huddersfield at the Galpharm for the first time since his departure two-and-a-half seasons ago.
The Papua New Guinea international was injured when Bradford Bulls came to town two years ago and also had to sit out the Hull KR clash at the stadium in 2007.
And he rates his chances of making Hull KR’s trip to West Yorkshire on Sunday at 50-50.
Gene admits he would love to play in front of the Giants fans once again.
But he knows that with a tough second half of the Super League season still ahead, he can’t afford to take any risk.
“The Huddersfield fans were fantastic with me when I played for the Giants,” he said.
“And after missing the games against the club at the stadium for the past two years I’m desperate to play this weekend.
“Unfortunately, I’ve been playing with a leg injury for about a month now and it’s swollen up like a balloon again after Sunday’s Cup game.
“But if it’s causing me any problems later in the week, it wouldn’t be right to play. If I did, it could rule me out for a number of games further down the line.
“On top of that, we can’t afford to risk fielding any players who aren’t 100% this weekend.
“Although we beat the Giants in the Cup last Sunday (42-22), we know we have to be at our very best if we want to beat them again in the League.
“There were times during the tie when they gave us a really hard time.
“Even though they’ve been struggling for the wins, they are definitely a good team and have recruited well.
“If we’re not at our best we could lose.”
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