HUDDERSFIELD Giants are bracing themselves for another massive Super League battle.
Coach Jon Sharp's side were forced to call on all their reserves to scrape past Catalans Dragons and record a seventh top-flight triumph of the campaign a week ago.
And the Galpharm chief is expecting something similar at Castleford Tigers on Sunday (3.30).
The Tigers once again showed they can't be taken for granted after counting themselves unlucky to only get a 26-26 draw against champions Bradford Bulls at The Jungle last Sunday.
That has handed the Giants a timely warning ahead of Sunday's showdown, with Sharp expecting another fierce encounter.
"Castleford are a team of battlers who work really hard for each other, just like Catalans did against us a week ago," said Sharp, pictured.
"They can count themselves very unlucky not to have picked up both points against the Bulls last weekend.
"That clearly shows what a threat they can pose and we are bracing ourselves for another very tough game.
"We know we'll need to be at our very best to guarantee success."
Sharp has plenty of options available to him on Sunday, with the expected return of several key players.
Those include skipper Chris Thorman, who is named in the Giants' initial 20-man squad for the first time in six weeks.
He has now fully recovered from a broken thumb, and if he comes through his final training sessions unscathed will get the nod.
Also included in the squad are Martin Aspinwall (ribs), James Evans (illness) and Jim Gannon (bicep).
They are all available once again, which has presented Sharp with a major selection headcahe.
"It's great to know we've got some quality players coming back, and it's certainly helped soften the blow of being without Paul March with his knee injury for the foreseeable future," added Sharp.
"The problem now is deciding who to choose and who to leave out.
"All four are obviously keen to play, but those who have their spots have shown they aren't prepared to give them up without a shout.
"Everyone has been working tremendously hard in training trying to convince me they should play, and that's a very healthy situation to be in."