GIANTS captain Kim Green will go under the knife on Thursday with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament ending her Super Netball season just five weeks into the new competition.
In a major blow to the club, the skipper of Super Netball's only undefeated team will miss the remainder of the league after injuring her knee in a collision in the Giants' game against the Adelaide Thunderbirds on Sunday.
After surgery, Green will require between nine and 12 months to complete her rehabilitation from the potentially career-ending injury.
Green has signed on with the Giants for two seasons but was unavailable on Tuesday to confirm her future plans.
After playing a major role in Australia's world championship defence in 2015, Green decided to step back from international duties to preserve her body for domestic netball.
A leg injury last season meant she missed a month of competition before returning to the court better than ever.
"While I expected the worst, I'm still gutted for Kim, as is the rest of the team upon confirmation of her ACL injury," Giants coach Julie Fitzgerald said.
"We're a close-knit group so we're all feeling this, but I have no doubt the team will rally around her and provide endless support throughout her rehabilitation.
"I've known Kim for a very long time, and I know she would be embarrassed by all the attention, but she is an important member of our club and will continue to be.
"There's a long road ahead but she is a tough cookie and I have no doubt Kim will conquer the challenges she encounters face on."
Fitzgerald said Green would continue to have an active role within the team as captain.
There has been no decision made on her replacement for Saturday's game against the Vixens in Melbourne.