Wakefield Trinity Wildcats forward Chris Annakin is facing a long lay-off after being hurt in training.
Wildcats will be without Annakin, who played in the First Utility Super League round one win at Castleford Tigers and wasn’t selected for the following game against Hull KR, for more than two months.
“He has done his ankle in training and he’ll be out for quite a while,” said coach James Webster, whose team travel to Widnes Vikings on Sunday.
“He doesn’t need an operation, but it will be eight to 10 weeks.
“I feel bad for him. He had a bad one last year with his knee and this one will be lengthy as well.”
Former Leeds Rhinos prop Ian Kirke has yet to make his Wildcats debut due to a groin injury, but Webster said: “He’s improving and hopefully he’s not too far off being able to get back running.”
Wildcats have another forward, Jon Molloy, on loan at Sheffield and Kyle Trout is currently playing with Whitehaven.
Neither player can be recalled until he has completed an initial one-month spell.