Huddersfield Giants face prop shortage

Larne Patrick
Patrick joined the Giants in 2008 after a season down under

Huddersfield Giants are facing a prop shortage just a month before the start of the new Super League season.

Larne Patrick, who made 22 league appearances in 2011, has broken his wrist in training.

And new signing Tony Tonks is suspended when the Giants kick off against Wigan at the DW Stadium on 5 February.

Tonks, signed from Featherstone Rovers to replace Leeds-bound Darrell Griffin, picked up a two-match ban for his part in an on-field brawl in October.

It came in his last game for Rovers, in their 40-4 Championship Grand Final win over Sheffield, the day before he joined the Giants on a 12-month deal.

Huddersfield are also without two more injured players, experienced overseas back-row duo David Fa'alogo (back) and Luke O'Donnell (knee), both of whom can play in the front row. But the latest blow is the loss of Patrick, who has undergone surgery which will keep him sidelined until March.

"It's not great at the moment," said coach Nathan Brown. "Larne suffered a busted scaphoid in training and was left with no other choice but to undergo surgery.

"And Tony has been banned for a couple of games, with one suspension coming into force for the trials and another ruling him out of the opening game, which is really disappointing.

"But there's no point dwelling on it. It's just a case of dealing with the absences as best you can and giving opportunities to the younger members of the squad."

Prop Adam Walker, 22, could take advantage of the injuries to make his Super League debut.