CHRIS NERO has been handed the all clear to play for the Giants in Sunday's Super League clash at Salford (3.00).
The 23-year-old was forced off the field in the closing stages of Sunday's sorry 38-6 home defeat to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats with a head injury.
But the former St George star has already declared himself fit to face the City Reds, even though he is still suffering a sore neck.
The club's medical staff are confident the injury will have cleared by the weekend and Nero could be included in a Giants side showing several changes from the one that was well beaten by the Wildcats.
New Australian arrival James Evans is certain to be handed his debut, while there could also be returns for fit-again duo Darren Turner and Paul Smith.
Turner is back in full training following minor knee surgery three weeks ago and Smith is looking sharp after undergoing an operation on a badly broken nose.
But a final decision will obviously be down to head coach Jon Sharp.
"It's good to know Chris will be OK and that we could have a couple of others returning," said Sharp, who also revealed playmaker Brandon Costin is having intensive treatment on the hamstring injury he suffered during the weekend contest.
"There was a bit of initial concern when Chris first went down in the tackle, because we could all see it was a very heavy bang.
"Fortunately, he was soon back on his feet and should be available for selection.
"That may also be the case with Darren and Paul, although I'll see how they go in training this week before a final choice is made."
But Sharp has confirmed that former Canberra Raiders ace Evans will feature for the first time.
"James was still feeling the effects of jet lag by the weekend and so it was decided to hold him back," explained Sharp.
"But I also felt it was only right to keep faith with the same 17 that performed so well at London the week before. Making a change would have been difficult.
"But it's obviously a different scenario this week."
Turner, meanwhile, is the guest speaker at tomorrow's Senior Giants meeting at Fartown (2.15).