PROP Mick Slicker is Tony Smith's latest injury worry as the Giants coach starts the build-up to Sunday's crunch Super League clash with Hull.
Smith has virtually ruled out second row Jarrod O'Doherty for the McAlpine meeting because of a sternum injury sustained during the 22-18 defeat at St Helens.
And he is keeping tabs on versatile Papuan Stanley Gene (shoulder) and hooker Darren Turner (ankle) who both missed Tuesday's 32-16 setback against London Broncos at Griffin Park.
Slicker, recently named in the Ireland squad for the European Championships, played in that match, but picked up a neck injury which is threatening his ever- present record.
It's a worry for Smith, who also has Eorl Crabtree out with a thumb injury as he bids to keep his side's play-off bid alive.
"We always knew playing three matches in nine days would test our squad strength, and having gone a while without any serious injuries, things have gone the other way," said the coach.
"All we can do is get the players concerned in the treatment room, keep tabs on their progress and keep our fingers crossed."
Having arrived back from London in the early hours, Smith's squad had yesterday off before getting down to in-depth preparations today.
"It was important that they rested up properly, but from now through to Saturday, things are going to be busy," added Smith.
"We've got less time than usual, but that simply means we have to concentrate on certain areas.
"After great wins over Wigan and Leeds, we under-performed in the second half at St Helens, and over the whole game against London, and we've talked about the areas we must improve on.
"We're back at home on Sunday and we're hoping for a good crowd, because our fans can play an important role."
The Giants have taken Batley hooker Kris Lythes on loan for the second time this season.
The 20-year-old will get his chance to impress in Saturday's Senior Academy clash with Wigan at Orrell RU Club (2.00).
The Junior Academy side visit Wakefield on Sunday (1.00).