Huddersfield winger Aaron Murphy has been ruled out for at least six weeks after tearing his adductor.
The 29-year-old left the field in the Giants’ defeat at Warrington Wolves on Friday and didn’t return to the action.
Giants interim head coach Chris Thorman says he is gutted Murphy is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
He told BBC Radio Leeds: “Aaron thought he may have strained it but instead he has teared his adductor, which is the muscle around his groin.
“I think he will be at least six weeks. It’s disappointing because Aaron has been one of our best and most consistent and I said after the St Helens game that we need people who are in it for the long haul and Aaron certainly is, so it’s disappointing to lose him.
“One person’s disappointment is another person’s opportunity. The next cab off the rank for us will probably be Jake Wardle, who has been in and around the first team for two years now. He has had his own bad luck with his knee, but he has trained consistently well and he first played for us in a trial game against Wakefield.
“He has been pretty much the academy’s best player over the last three or four games and has been scoring tries for fun.”
Alex Mellor is expected to return for the Giants on Friday when they welcome Widnes Vikings to the John Smith’s Stadium, 7:45pm kick-off.