HUDDERSFIELD Giants have been rocked by the loss of half-back Paul March for six weeks with a torn calf muscle.
The Super League club have had some positive news in the wake of Sunday's 40-18 defeat at Wigan with versatile Stanley Gene and Ben Roarty told they have no cases to answer after being placed on-report during the contest.
But the gloss has been taken off that with the loss of such an influential figure as March, who was forced off the field in the second minute of the JJB Stadium clash.
Head coach Jon Sharp reports several other players are carrying knocks.
Yet the injury to March is clearly the major blow.
"Paul has been a pivotal player for us throughout the season and this is clearly bad news," admitted Sharp.
"It's disappointing for us as a team and disappointing for Paul as a player.
"We missed his influence when he had to leave the field so early against Wigan and he'll be a hard man to replace in the weeks ahead.
"It's going to be difficult replacing him because of the role he plays with the club.
"But it's up to the others who play in his position to make sure we overcome his loss."
Fit-again Paul White looks a ready-made replacement after a bright display at Wigan.
And he will hopefully soon be joined at half-back by Brandon Costin (hamstring), who is closing in on a return.