Jermaine McGillvary: Huddersfield and England winger could return by March
England winger Jermaine McGillvary could be back in action by the start of March after his hamstring injury proved less serious than first thought.
Huddersfield Giants feared McGillivray would miss the first two months of the Super League season.
But head coach Simon Woolford says the 30-year-old is recovering more quickly than expected from his hamstring tear.
"He's got stuck into his rehab and he's hoping to be back in round four," Woolford said.
The 30-year-old suffered the injury in Huddersfield's pre-season friendly at Wakefield, but he received positive news after undergoing scans on Wednesday.
"He's bitterly disappointed about the injury," said Woolford, speaking at the Super League launch at Old Trafford.
"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."
Giants face Salford in their opening Super League match on 1 February, while the round-four match McGillivray is targeting for a comeback is at home to Hull FC on 3 March.
McGillvary hobbled off in the first half of Huddersfield's 28-24 loss to Wakefield, adding to Wollford's concerns as centre Leroy Cudjoe will also miss the start of the new campaign as he continues his recovery from a long-term knee injury.
Darnell McIntosh could switch to the wing, where he top-scored in 2018, and veteran full-back Scott Grix, who has returned to the club as a coach, could also find himself in the team.