Huddersfield Giants have been struck by some injury blows in the early part of the season.
But the biggest blow was perhaps the loss of in the in form Ash Golding to a hamstring injury away at Salford Red Devils just before Easter.
Ian Watson has now confirmed he needs surgery.
“He’s an amazing guy. He needs surgery. He’s doing things that he shouldn’t be able to be doing so yeah he’s a different character,” Watson said this week.
“He’s going to be having surgery on his hamstrings. That’s the best way of care and the best way to get him back to being fully functional and not risking injury when he comes back.
“He’s going to go down the surgery route.”
The original prognosis for Golding was that he would miss three months.
When asked if that will still be the case, Watson said: “It’ll probably be in and around there somewhere.”
These injuries, Watson said previously, have arisen from a change in training pitch:
“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,” he said.
“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.
“When asked about the change of pitch, he said: “Just because Siddall have had to redo theirs, when you have a pitch like that you have to redo it every year and unfortunately for us it’s fell at this time. I think if Siddall could have held it off, they’d have held it off but this is the best time. They’ve been great with us so there’s no qualms about it.”