Huddersfield Giants’ injury crisis is getting even worse.

Head coach Paul Anderson has now confirmed talismanic prop Eorl Crabtree will miss Friday’s home Super League XXI clash against Wigan Warriors (8.00) with a groin problem that may require surgery.

And he has also revealed experienced full-back Scott Grix could be sidelined for up to five months with the shoulder damage he suffered in last Friday’s 30-16 round-one defeat at St Helens.

Those two join Danny Brough (dead leg), Craig Huby (broken hand), Jared Simpson (ankle) Joe Wardle (quad) and Kyle Wood (quad) on the Giants casualty list – plus the retirement with immediate effect of hooker/half-back Luke Robinson with a long-standing hip problem – with Anderson admitting he’s never known anything like it.

“It just seems to be one thing after another right now,” conceded Anderson.

“But while it’s tough for the Giants as a club, it’s even tougher for the players themselves.

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“And I think we’re all feeling for Grixy as much as anyone. He’s suffered a lot of damage to the shoulder he had surgery on at the end of the 2014 season, which has made the recovery time for this latest injury even longer.

“We’re looking at the possibility of not seeing him again for up to four or five months, and with natural replacement Jared Simpson rolling his ankle in the trial win over Catalans and being out for the foreseeable future, it’s making it even harder to juggle things around in the backs.

“On top of that, Eorl suffered a groin injury against Catalans and he just couldn’t shake it off at Saints the other night.

“So he’s seeing a specialist tomorrow and is facing the possibility of needing surgery.”