GIANTS star Stephen Wild has been ruled out for six to eight weeks.
The 28-year-old back-row forward suffered a knee injury during the 24-6 defeat to St Helens on Sunday.
Coach Nathan Brown’s former Great Britain international has suffered cruciate ligament damage.
The injury was assessed in a scan last night. It’s not the same knee which previously ruled out the former Wigan player.
The news comes on the day it was revealed Keith Mason is ready to return.
The no-nonsense 28-year-old prop is expected to be named in the Huddersfield squad for Friday’s home Super League clash against Catalans Dragons.
Mason has not played since he suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the first few minutes of the Giants’ 24-12 opening-night triumph over Bradford Bulls at the Galpharm on February 5.
A slight setback meant Mason’s return was delayed a week, but he is now feeling fully fit.
"Because I got the injury so early against Bradford, I feel as if my season hasn’t started yet," said Mason, who had a double hernia operation during the close-season.
"But I feel fit again and ready to play, so I’m hoping Browny gives me the nod this week. I know I can’t take my selection for granted, because the boys have put in some big performances this season. If I don’t play on Friday, then I’d definitely like to think I’ll play at Salford on Easter Monday, and it’s a relief to know I’m close to being back.
"These last few months have been very frustrating, partly because I was really looking forward to playing on the back of a great season last year.
"I just hope I can get back to that form as quickly as possible."
Winger Leroy Cudjoe is also in line for a return along with second-row Graeme Horne, while fellow back-rower David Fa’alogo may be in contention for the trip to Salford as he continues to recover well from a hamstring injured at Harlequins.
Former Giants loanee Lee Mossop has signed a new five-year Wigan contract.