HALIFAX’S dual-registered Huddersfield back rower Jon Molloy has been ruled out of action for at least two weeks.
Molloy, a highly-rated forward who has made two Super League appearances for the Giants this season, was due to link with Fax ahead of last weekend’s Championship game at Featherstone.
But the Wigan-born teenager injured his shoulder during a wrestling drill at Giants training and a scan has now revealed the damage is more serious than first thought.
Molloy is now ruled out of Sunday’s home game against Sheffield and, potentially, the televised showdown at Leigh on Thursday, June 2.
“It’s not great news with Jon,” confirmed head coach Matt Calland.
“He’s damaged his AC joint and it’s going to be two weeks or so now before he can play.
“There is not a lot we can do now except be patient and wait for him to recover.
“It’s frustrating: We certainly don’t seem to be having much luck at the moment.”
Calland, who will make his initial pick to face the Eagles after training tonight, could be boosted by the return of both full back Miles Greenwood and threequarter James Haley.
Greenwood sat out the 30-18 defeat at Featherstone with a hamstring problem, while Haley has not played since limping off against Barrow almost three weeks ago.
“Those two both trained on Tuesday so hopefully they will be available for selection,” said Calland, who confirmed that stand off Graham Holroyd, who was absent from training last week with illness, is also back in harness ahead of the date with Mark Aston’s Eagles.
Huddersfield have also confirmed their Australian forward Luke O’Donnell will miss the mid-season international between England and the Exiles with the hamstring injury he sustained in the warm-up to the Giants’ match against St Helens at the weekend.
O’Donnell, who was one of the first names on Exiles coach Brian McClennan’s teamsheet for the inaugural international Origin fixture at Headingley on June 10, has been ruled out for four to six weeks.
The former Australia Test back-row forward has already started an intense period of rehabilitation but his absence will be a blow to Huddersfield ahead of Sunday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Catalan Dragons.