Ian Watson gives key update on Theo Fages and wants ‘clarity’ from Super League meeting

Ian Watson has given an update on a number of his Huddersfield Giants stars as they prepare to take on Hull FC this Sunday afternoon.

The game will take place at Hull’s MKM Stadium with both sides in a buoyant mood following great wins last weekend.

Huddersfield will, however, be without Sebastine Ikahihifo following concussion protocols in the win over Castleford Tigers.

“Seb took a head knock in the game last week and he’s one that will definitely come out of the team,” Watson revealed.

“We’ve got a couple of options in Oliver Wilson, Nathan Mason and Michael Lawrence – they’ve all been training well those guys who haven’t had much opportunity.”

Watson also gave an update on Theo Fages, who has missed the last two games with a calf injury.

“He will be a couple of weeks, but might be a bit earlier or later than that.

“Theo can’t wait to get back, he’s frustrated and doing all the rehab at the moment along with Jack Cogger.

“It’s a soleus calf issue, he felt it back pedalling in training and he felt a little pop.

“We know it’s not as bad as we first thought it could have been.”

Watson, along with the other Super League coaches, will sit in a meeting with the RFL and Super League on Wednesday in order to discuss how best to move forward with the sport.

And, for the Giants boss, ensuring clarity is key.

“All the coaches have been invited in, but I actually thought it was this Wednesday!

“You can see where the game is going – the sinbinnings we had weren’t sinbinnings and the Mahe Fonua one last night are really puzzling.

“I get what they are doing with the high tackles but then when people are making reads on the edges, they aren’t late tackles.

“We need a little bit of clarity in and around some of the decisions – everyone understands the importance around the high shots.”

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