Huddersfield Giants rocked by ‘hugely disappointing’ injury blow to in-form star

Drew Darbyshire
Ashton Golding Huddersfield Giants Alamy

Huddersfield Giants coach Ian Watson has confirmed that Ashton Golding is set for a spell on the sidelines with another hamstring injury.

Golding picked up the knock in their 32-18 defeat at St Helens last Sunday. The timeframe on Golding’s injury has not yet been confirmed, but Watson says it is ‘pretty damning’.

Speaking ahead of Friday’s clash with Salford, Watson said: “We’re going to have to make a couple of changes.

“Ash Golding is injured and Yatesy (Luke Yates) will come back in. Unfortunately Ash Golding goes out because of his hamstring.

“We thought we’d got him off at the right time but it has proven not to be so at the moment he’s seeing specialists.

“It is not great news for Ash which is unfortunate for us. But on the positive side of it, Luke Yates will come back in this week.”

Ash Golding injury ‘a huge blow for the club and individual’

Watson paid tribute to Jamaica international Golding, who was in good form since returning from a hamstring injury in July.

Watson said: “It is huge for us as a team and a club but it is huge for Ash individually as well.

“He’s just come back and just got his place in the team again through great performances. If you look at the weekend, the scramble defensive effort he did to stop Tee Ritson scoring in the corner and the one that he did on the one-on-one on Ben Davies, there were some outstanding defensive efforts and it’s his defensive energy that he brings.

“It’s hugely disappointing for us, but it’s hugely disappointing for Ash, but he’ll come through it and he’ll be good to go when the time is right for Ash to come back in for us.

“All I know at the moment is that it’s been classed as a Grade 2c, but we’ll wait for that to be confirmed. I think it’s the same side, I’ll have to double check that one.

“We just wanted to know what the diagnosis was but it’s being classed as a 2c at the moment which is pretty damning.”

Huddersfield Giants host Salford Red Devils at the John Smith’s Stadium on Friday, 3pm kick-off.

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