GIANTS coach Jon Sharp will tonight look to his forwards to take the lead against world champions Leeds at Headingley (8.00).
Huddersfield's injury list is well documented, with five senior players already ruled out and several others having to undergo late tests to prove their fitness ahead of the trip to the Super League leaders.
However, all those Giants who are sidelined or still receiving treatment are backs, meaning there will be added pressure on Sharp's pack men to plug the gap.
Missing tonight are Paul Reilly (hand), Hefin O'Hare (knee), James Evans (thumb), Stuart Donlan (groin) and Stanley Gene (shoulder), while Chris Thorman (back) and Michael De Vere (groin) will undergo late tests.
These two are responding well to treatment and all the signs suggest the tests will prove positive.
But even if the influential duo are included, it's pretty clear the onus will be on the forwards to lead the challenge against the reigning Super League champions.
"It's obvious it's not safe being a Giants back right now!" admitted Sharp, whose side will tonight wear the new white strip.
"You can never predict when injuries are going to strike and you would certainly have never thought that all the injuries would be to the backs.
"But this does mean that we've still got a strong pack of forwards, and I'll be looking to them to steer us through this shaky injury spell.
"It's always important to match the opposition up front, and that's what we need to do tonight.
"Fortunately, I know I have the forwards capable of doing just that."
Sharp hands a debut to Ryan Clayton, the former Castleford and Halifax star who signed from French club Villefranche a week ago.
He is expected to start at centre in what is bound to be an unfamiliar back line.
With full-backs Reilly and Donlan ruled out, it's likely Marcus St Hilaire will take over, with Bolu Fagborun expected to take his spot on the wing.
Opponents Leeds welcome back experienced Test pair Barrie McDermott and Chris McKenna.
Great Britain prop forward McDermott missed last week's 42-20 triumph at Widnes with a knee injury, while Australian back-rower McKenna was 18th man.
But Leeds' former Giants coach Tony Smith will delay naming his starting line-up until later today.