Halifax are expecting front-rower Ben Kavanagh to go under the knife after he suffered a dislocated hip in pre-season.
The former Widnes, Wakefield, Bradford and Hull KR forward picked up the injury in Fax’s pre-season victory over Hull FC at the beginning of the month.
Kavanagh, 31, is set to see a consultant next week to discover the extent of the damage, but Head Coach Simon Grix admits that surgery is extremely likely.
Speaking to the Halifax Courier, he said: “I’m no doctor, but having read the report I think that an operation is more than likely.
“There’s some damage to the labrum, which is the cartilage that sits inside the joint, and some other stuff too. The next step is to see the specialist, which we’re pushing to do in the next few days, and they’ll come up with a plan for what we do next.
“Ben needs something to shoot for now, because I know from having been in that kind of position before during my career that once you’ve got that target, you just crack on with what you need to do.”
On a more positive note, Grix says he expects the injured trio of James Woodburn-Hall, Jodie Broughton and Scott Murrell to be fit for the start of the season.
Fax begin their 2020 Betfred Championship campaign at home to Sheffield next Sunday.