Huddersfield Giants face the possibility of going into a basement battle with reigning champions Leeds Rhinos at Headingley without a recognised half back.

With skipper Danny Brough and Kyle Wood already sidelined, they were joined by Jamie Ellis who dislocated a collarbone in the 36-18 home defeat to new Super League leaders Widnes.

The result leaves the Giants without a point and above bottom-of-the-table Leeds only on points difference.

“Historically it’s a top-three game, but both teams have copped some injuries and it will be a survival of the fittest,” said Giants head coach Paul Anderson.

“Let’s see who can throw out the healthiest team.”

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Huddersfield went into the Widnes game without eight members of their 25-man squad through injury.

Anderson expects Brough, Eorl Crabtree, Joe Wardle and Wood to return within the next fortnight but, more importantly, is hoping for an improvement in his players’ attitude.

“Three-quarters of our salary cap have watched today’s game from the stands,” he said.

“One or two might have a chance for Friday, but we’ve got to battle on – the key for us is to stick together.

“I thought Widnes were very good, but we were poor and pretty soft if I’m honest.

“Our side was the same team that almost beat Wigan but our attitude was not quite right.

“If your attitude is not right, you get challenged and Widnes did that. They ran harder than us and they had more vigour in everything they did.”