GIANTS coach Jon Sharp is hoping England full-back Paul Reilly can put his frustrating start to the season behind him and quickly re-discover his top Super League form.
The 28-year-old has missed the last two games with a calf injury and will again have to undergo a late fitness test ahead of Friday's home clash against Widnes (8.00).
Hopes are high that everything will go according to plan, with Sharp admitting that for Reilly to receive the green light would be a relief all round.
"This has been a very frustrating time for Paul and we are all feeling for him," said Sharp.
"After his man-of-the-match performance for England in last autumn's European Nations Cup final, he was really looking forward to the start of this year.
"But the injury has really knocked him back.
"He's trained well this week and hopefully he'll continue to prove his fitness as Friday draws nearer and he can be included on a teamsheet once again."
Opponents Widnes, meanwhile, have been rocked with the news that captain Shane Millard will be out of action for at least six weeks.
The hooker suffered a broken jaw in Sunday's 32-20 Super League defeat by Wigan.
But at least they will have reserve hooker Mark Smith available after he was last night found not guilty of striking during the Wigan game.
In Millard's absence, former Great Britain prop Terry O'Connor will lead the side.
* Former Giants forward Ryan Hudson's RFL tribunal over alleged breaches of the sport's doping regulations was being held today.
The 25-year-old, who is now with Bradford Bulls, is facing up to a two-year ban after traces of the banned stimulant stanozolol were found in his body.