NEW signing Liam Fulton could be sidelined for up to 10 weeks.
The Australian utility ace suffered a knee ligament tear after 18 minutes of Monday’s 30-8 Super League triumph at Hull KR.
Scans have now confirmed the full extent of the damage, with Giants staff initially hoping the 24-year-old former Wests Tigers star would be sidelined for six weeks.
But assistant coach Paul Anderson has admitted that figure proved too optimistic.
“It’s obviously disappointing and Liam’s still in a bit of discomfort,” said Anderson.
“Scans revealed he has a grade three medial tear and could be out for at least 10 weeks.
“But our medical staff have a history of getting players back in double quick time, and we hope that’s the case again with Liam.”
Kevin Brown is the automatic choice to take over from Fulton at stand-off after he was rested against Hull KR.
The 24-year-old has been struggling with a number of knocks all season, with Galpharm staff believing resting him against the Robins in readiness for the Rhinos was the best course of action to take.
Also expected to come back into reckoning are centre Paul Whatuira, hooker Scott Moore, winger Martin Aspinwall and back-rower Danny Kirmond.
Whatuira was a late withdrawal against Rovers after failing to recover fully from several minor niggles, while Moore – like Brown – was also rested.
Aspinwall (knee) and Kirmond (ankle) were ruled out straight after the Good Friday win over Celtic Crusaders, although they were both close to playing at Hull KR.
Meanwhile, Giants officials are urging fans who want the best seats for Saturday’s clash to snap them up as quickly as possible.
The Direct Golf UK Stand lower tier is almost full, with the club having now decided to open the upper tier due to the high demand.
And the Giants have also announced they will be opening the Fantastic Media Stand lower tier to deal with a possible spill-over.
“We’ve had to take these steps to deal with the huge interest this fixture has generated,” said Giants chief Richard Thewlis.
“The Direct Golf lower tier is already heading for a sell-out, while there is also increased demand for tickets in other parts of the stadium.
“So our advice to any fans who are still wanting to buy tickets in advance is to get down as quickly as possible to avoid missing out.
“Then we’d also urge fans coming to the game to get to the stadium in good time, because it is expected to be extremely busy.”