INSPIRATIONAL Giant Stanley Gene is out for four weeks.
The 30-year-old Papua New Guinea international has undergone keyhole surgery on the troublesome groin injury which forced him to miss Sunday's Super League success at London Broncos.
He suffered a recurrence of the injury in training on the eve of the capital trip and was immediately booked in to have the problem checked out.
And that has involved minor surgery in a bid to repair the damage.
That's clearly disappointing for both club and player, particularly as the news came on the same day the Giants unveiled former Canberra Raiders centre James Evans as their new signing.
But head coach Jon Sharp admits it was a move that had to be made.
"Stanley has been struggling with the groin problem all year," revealed Sharp.
"It's been affecting his ability to train for some weeks, but he's been able to play.
"Unfortunately, things came to a head in our final training session before we travelled to London.
"It was then obvious the problem wasn't going to get any better on its own. It needing sorting once and for all.
"That means we'll be without Stanley for around the next four weeks, which is disappointing.
"But it also means we should welcome Stanley back with the problem solved and in much better shape. That has to be good news."
Gene is the third member of the Giants Super League squad to have undergone surgery this month.
Darren Turner (knee) and Paul Smith (broken nose) have also been on the operating table, although they are now closing in on their returns.
Sharp is, however, hopeful all those who were in the Giants side that triumphed 30-6 at the Broncos will be available to face Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at the McAlpine on Sunday (5.30).
And he has not ruled out handing a debut to new arrival Evans.
The 25-year-old Australian was today training with his new teammates for the first time after jetting into the country yesterday.
Jet lag could be a problem, but Sharp is prepared to give Evans as long as possible to prove he deserves a spot.
"James is very athletic, a tremendous defender and a player who will add quality to the squad," said Sharp.
"He's definitely a player I hope to include as soon as possible, but whether that comes this weekend depends on how he fits in."