PAUL ANDERSON has challenged the Giants to prove they have the back-row strike power to overcome the loss of injured Jason Chan.
Scans have revealed the in-form 29-year-old suffered a grade two knee ligament injury during Friday’s 32-8 Super League victory at champions Leeds Rhinos and could be sidelined for up to two months.
The news is a blow, with Chan a key man as the Giants opened up a one-point lead at the top of the table after the opening six rounds.
But Giants chief Anderson feels this is the chance for others to step up, starting in Saturday’s home game against Hull.
“We look like we’re going to be without Channy for between six and eight weeks,” revealed Anderson.
“That’s what we feared, and now that’s been confirmed.
“It’s obviously not good for him, but at least the injury’s not season-ending.
“That was something we weren’t able to rule out until the results of the scan were known.
“We now know where we are with Channy, and those who take his place know what’s expected of them.
“He has been very, very good for us, and the challenge for the others is to make sure we lose nothing while he’s away.
“It’s a challenge I expect everyone to relish. It’s the chance for others to show us exactly what they can do.”
But while the Giants will be without Chan, Saturday opponents Hull are lacking a host of top players.
The latest to be ruled out for the trip to the John Smith’s Stadium are England centre Kirk Yeaman (thumb) and suspended second-row forward Danny Tickle.
And hooker or half-back Aaron Heremaia is also doubtful after suffering rib cartilage damage.