Huddersfield Giants’ Leroy Cudjoe to make injury comeback at Salford

Huddersfield captain Leroy Cudjoe is set to end a nine-month injury lay-off in Friday’s Betfred Super League game at Salford.

The 30-year-old England centre has not played since last September after undergoing major knee surgery but has been named in interim coach Chris Thorman’s initial 19-man squad.

“We are really excited to have Leroy coming back in and potentially starting,” said Thorman.

“He has trained really well but Leroy is super critical of himself and the last thing he wants is to be underdone.

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“I keep saying to him, though, that he has ticked all the boxes from a medical and a conditioning point of view and he is available for selection from every department in the club.

“It’s not just his physical stature, but his stature with what he has done in the game and what he has done for this club.

“He is a real leader of men and a leader by actions and to see his name on the team sheet is a real plus for us.”

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Thorman, in temporary charge as the club awaits the arrival from Australia of new head coach Simon Woolford, has guided the Giants to back-to-back league wins for the first time this year and victory on Friday would lift them out of the bottom four.