HUDDERSFIELD Giants head coach Paul Anderson is confident in-form hooker Kyle Wood will fully recover after being ruled out until next year with a serious knee injury.
Ex-Wakefield Trinity Wildcats player Wood, 25, limped off during the first half of Sunday’s win over Catalan Dragons.
Anderson said: “Woody has been scanned and it’s not good news.
“He suffered a rupture to his anterior cruciate ligament so it’ll be January before we see him out on a field again.
“It’s a season-ender but the positive is he gets to do some work on getting back and he can kick in for next year.
“I thought he was one of the best on the field in recent weeks until he got hurt.
“He’d been playing off the back of some good go-forward and although it’s disappointing we’ll rally around him.
“I did mine back in 1998 and the following year I went on to play for Great Britain and did international tours so he can rebuild from this.”
Huddersfield will again be without England centre Leroy Cudjoe (quad) for Sunday’s trip to Wakefield but there is better reports about his international colleague Shaun Lunt who has missed large chunks of this season.
“Leroy won’t make it this week, so it’ll probably be Widnes before he’s anywhere near,” explained Anderson.
“Shaun (Lunt) has taken part in a full session today (Wednesday) including a tough wrestling session, so we’ll see how he pulls up.
“If he comes through OK then he’ll definitely be in contention.”