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Super League coach reveals huge injury blow

Yesterday some were questioning Ian Watson’s decision to run with three creative pivots rather than an organiser.

The Giants are without main organiser Theo Fages but Olly Russell was curiously absent but after the Giants’ defeat to Leeds Rhinos last night Ian Watson has confirmed the Giants have been struck by a huge blow with Russell suffering a nasty hamstring tear:

“He’s torn his hammy in training. We’re waiting for a scan. We’ve been training on a pitch which was perfect, which was Siddall, and now we’re training on a different surface and it just goes to show how the quality of your surfaces can make a massive difference in what you can put out on a weekend.

“We didn’t have one hamstring strain when we were training on the pitch at Siddall. We’ve moved over here now and we’ve had two in Ash Golding and Oliver Russell. There’s been other little niggles off the back of that, your training facilities are massive in what you do.

“It looks bad mate, he’s still sore which is a good sign as it means the tendons not come off but we need a scan to see where it is. At the moment that means our two main controllers are out, that’s what we say when people ask if I’m disheartened or positive. I’m really positive because we’ve not got our full strength team out by far. Once we get that I know we’ll be flying.”

Watson also gave an update on Theo Fages: “His was a ten week injury so he’s got another five weeks.”

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