NEW signing Andy Raleigh has sacrificed the chance to play for the Giants at Leeds on Sunday (3.00) to undergo surgery.
The 24-year-old back-rower yesterday had an operation on a hernia which will keep him sidelined for up to six weeks.
Such is the strength of the Giants' pack that there would have been no guarantee Raleigh would have featured in Sunday's engage Super League XI opener anyway. And with an operation slot having become available, the decision was taken to act sooner rather than later.
"It's been a struggle for Andy over the last few weeks, so a joint decision was made to have the surgery now," explained coach Jon Sharp.
"He could probably have played with the problem for about half the season, but that could have aggravated the injury further.
"It's obviously bitterly disappointing for Andy, because he's worked so incredibly hard during the off-season to try and get into the opening-day squad. But he knows his time will come."
Raleigh, who is pictured in action against Wigan Warriors, is the second forward to be ruled out for the start of the season.
Already missing is prop Jim Gannon who will be sidelined until April after knee surgery.