GOLD Coast has suffered another injury setback with Jack Bowes potentially set to miss multiple games after going down in the opening quarter of his side's loss to Greater Western Sydney on Saturday.
Bowes was one of the Suns' better players until he hurt his right quad while having a set shot for goal midway through the first term.
The 21-year-old limped from the field shortly after and failed to return, leaving the visitors a man down for the rest of the match.
Gold Coast senior coach Stuart Dew said Bowes is likely to miss multiple matches.
"Without knowing anything medically it appears it'll be a few weeks," he said.
Gold Coast was powerless to stop the Giants after quarter-time, who inflicted the Suns' seventh straight loss this year and piled on nine goals in the last term.
Dew paid tribute to his opponents but also fired a shot at his own players for the way they capitulated under pressure late in the game.
"That's the best side we've played all year for sure," he said.
"They have weapons all over the ground and they're going to be tough to beat (for the flag).
"We were up against a formidable opponent no doubt and the standards that we've set over the year have really improved, but we let ourselves down in that last quarter.
"We give them credit but that's not the way we want to play the game out, and you can put that on record.
"We've been able to keep the spirit of the group growing because of competitiveness in games, but there comes a tipping point where we need to get a win to get real reward for effort.
"We weren't near it today so all we can look forward to is North Melbourne next week."