Gaskell monitored after heart scare

Lee Gaskell
Lee Gaskell

Huddersfield are continuing to monitor the health of Lee Gaskell after his heart scare but coach Rick Stone has not ruled him out of playing on Friday.

The 26-year-old former Saints Bradford player pulled out of last Friday’s Super League match against Hull during the warm-up after complaining of feeling unwell and mystery still surrounds the nature of his illness.

“We’re not quite sure to be honest,” Stone said at his weekly press conference on Tuesday. “It might be a mix of maybe a heart murmur and a little bit of anxiety.

“He’s had some sad news with a death in the family recently - he went to the funeral yesterday - which might have had an influence on what’s been going on.

“He’s had some blood tests and he had an ECG with us a week or two before the season started and that came back clear. We’re just working through a procedure with our doctor Danny Glover.

“Danny’s checked him out and he’s pretty comfortable that he can train at this point in time. He’s going to train as normal today and we’ll find out a bit more about him.

“We probably need to get through today and assess where he’s at and make a decision ahead of our next training run on Thursday.”

Since the death of Wales international Danny Jones from undiagnosed heart problems in 2015, there has been heightened awareness of the issue and Stone insists he would never take risks with a player’s health.

“You’ve got to go through the process,” he said. “You can jump in shadows too.

“We would never put Lee in a position where he wasn’t comfortable. His welfare and safety is paramount. We’re positive that we’re not going to jeopardise that situation.

“If he continued to show signs that he’s not quite right, we’d probably send him to see a specialist in London.”

Gaskell, who was playing stand-off when he was named Championship player of the year in 2015, has been deputising at full-back for Huddersfield’s new signing Jake Mamo, who damaged ankle ligaments in the close season, and the club’s other specialist number one Jared Simpson, who sustained a knee injury in a pre-season friendly.