Early March comeback hopes for McGillvary
Huddersfield Giants could have Jermaine McGillvary back in early March because his hamstring injury is not as bad as first feared.
It was thought that the 30-year-old England winger would miss the first two months of the upcoming new Super League season after he suffered the injury in Huddersfield's 28-24 pre-season friendly at Wakefield.
However, following scans on his hamstring this week, it has now been revealed that the timescale for McGillvary's comeback has been halved and he could face Hull FC on March 3.
Head coach Simon Woolford said: "He's got stuck into his rehab and he's hoping to be back in round four.
"He's bitterly disappointed about the injury.
"He was nice and fit after getting over some minor surgery on his ankle after the Test series, but he's in good hands with the physios who are going to push him along as quick as they can.
"One thing we won't do, though, is risk bringing him back early."
Despite the positive news, Woolford has selection problems in McGillvary's position because centre Leroy Cudjoe will also miss the opening game against Salford next Friday.
It means Darnell McIntosh could be switched back to the wing to cover given that he was top scorer in that role in 2018.
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