GIANTS coach Jon Sharp has hinted at the need for his players to be protected ahead of the last two games of the regular Super League season.
Huddersfield travel to face Wakefield Trinity Wildcats in a live Sky TV showdown on Friday night (8.00) before entertaining Salford City Reds on Sunday, September 19.
Sharp may keep faith with the 17 who secured the magnificent 22-20 triumph over Hull at the Galpharm on Saturday after they emerged injury-free.
But Sharp is believed to be concerned over the amount of head shots suffered by his players during the weekend encounter.
Once again, full-back Paul Reilly was on the receiving end, leaving the field at the end of the game with a broken nose and split lip in two separate challenges.
Centre James Evans also felt the full force of the opposition and lost several teeth.
None of the incidents were punished by match referee Ian Smith.
And while the injuries suffered by the two players will not prevent them from playing at the Atlantic Solutions Stadium on Friday, it's clear Sharp will be anxious to avoid a repeat.
"It's another big relief to come through a game with a clean bill of health," said Sharp.
"We've got the usual bumps and bruises, but several of these are to the head, which is always a concern.
"Paul Reilly, in particular, was again on the receiving end of a fair bit of it.
"First, he suffered a broken nose, and then comes back onto the field and gets a split lip.
"Not surprisingly, Paul started to protect himself when he went in to the tackle. The first time he did that, he was penalised for raising his elbow!
"I'm just keeping my fingers crossed it's a different story in the final two matches.
"The weekend win over Hull has lifted the boys, and we want to maintain the momentum in our remaining games without picking up any more injuries."