O'Donnell set for return

Giants forward poised to play again after seven-month absence

Last Updated: 28/03/12 3:10pm

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Luke O'Donnell: Set to return against Leeds

Luke O'Donnell: Set to return against Leeds

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Huddersfield forward Luke O'Donnell is poised to end a seven-month injury lay-off against Leeds at Headingley on Friday.

O'Donnell has not played since suffering a damaged cruciate knee ligament at St Helens last August but is now back to full fitness after recovering from surgery.

Giants head coach Nathan Brown has been careful to ease the former Australia international back into action.

"Luke's fit and ready to play. He's been fit for a couple of weeks but, after such major surgery, we didn't want to risk bringing him back in too early," Brown said.

"He has looked good in training and he has shown us that the time is right to put him back in, which is obviously good news."

Huddersfield will be without captain Kevin Brown for a month after he aggravated an ankle injury in last Sunday's 40-22 defeat at Hull KR but hooker Luke Robinson and forward Lee Gilmour return, while Brown has included second rower Jonny Molloy in his 19-man squad for the first time this year.

Leeds have full-back Brent Webb back after missing his side's 46-6 defeat at St Helens through injury.

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