Huddersfield star Jermaine McGillvary could miss the first two months of the season after suffering a torn hamstring.
The England international left the field in the first half of the Giants’ 28-24 defeat to Wakefield Trinity on Tuesday night and will now have scans to determine the extent of the injury, but Huddersfield coach Simon Woolford thinks he could be out for up to 12 weeks.
McGillvary’s injury is the latest blow to the Giants, with his centre partner Leroy Cudjoe also on the treatment table.
Speaking after the game, Woolford said: “He’s going to be out for an extended period.
“It’s not a minor hammy injury, it’s going to be quite a big one.
“With Leroy out already, we couldn’t afford to lose Jermaine.
“Someone is going to have to step up for round one and probably the first half-a-dozen rounds, to be honest.”
Woolford could switch Darnell McIntosh to the wing and bring veteran Scott Grix into the full-back role or turn to teenage twins Louis and Innes Senior for the wing positions.
Woolford added: “We’ve put Darnell to full-back and he’s doing a really good job there so we’re not sure whether we’ll use him or Louis or Innes there.
“We conceded some tries down the side that the Seniors were on, so we’ll have to have a look at it.”