Josh Kelly is recovering from the concussion he sustained against the Dockers on Saturday but will be unable to take on the Blues.
The AFL’s concussion protocols dictate a minimum six days following a diagnosed concussion to be able to pass all the necessary steps.
With just five days between Saturday’s win and Thursday’s clash with the Blues, Kelly is immediately ruled out.
Head of Medical Cullan Ball said Kelly is feeling better.
"Obviously Josh took a pretty heavy knock in that game and wasn't able to pass his head injury assessment at the time so he took no further part in the game," Ball said.
"He goes into the concussion protocol now, the fastest you can come back from that is six days so with a five-day turnaround he won't be able to play against Carlton.
"We'll just progress him based on his symptoms so hopefully he can work his way through those protocols and play against Adelaide.
"He had a tooth that was dislodged so that was sorted out by a dentist on the night which was good.
"He's feeling pretty well within himself and he's just got a few more symptoms that need to clear up and then we'll push on with him."
Meanwhile, former skipper Callan Ward is back running following finger surgery last week.
"He can start sweating now after is operation so he'll start to get going and then we'll start him with some ball work," Ball said.
"Our initial thought is probably the last home and away game against St Kilda and if he surprises us and gets back a week early then that will be great as well."
In disappointing news, luckless wingman Tommy Sheridan suffered a hamstring injury in Friday’s scratch match against his former club.
"Unfortunately he's given his hamstring a bit of a tweak in that game so we expect him to miss a couple of weeks."
The GIANTS take on Carlton in round 15 on Thursday night at Metricon Stadium.
Injury List - August 31
|Tom Hutchesson||Hamstring||1 week|
|Callan Ward||Finger||3 weeks|
|Tommy Sheridan||Hamstring||3-4 weeks|