WAKEFIELD TRINITY Wildcats are racing to beat this week’s transfer deadline as their injury problems mount.
Prop Mickael Simon is due to undergo a scan today after suffering a hamstring injury in the early moments of last Saturday’s win away to his former club Catalans Dragons. Coach Chris Chester admitted that is a concern and with Anthony England out for the rest of the year due to a shoulder injury and Chris Annakin (knee) also on the long-term casualty list, the club may look to recruit.
“Potentially we could bring a player in,” Chester said. “We are talking to a number of players, but we have only got until July 22 to get it sorted. In terms of time we are a bit limited, but hopefully we can bring somebody in to cover for the injuries we have.”
Of Simon, Chester said: “He is going for a scan [today], but it doesn’t look great. In the first minute of the match we lost our front-rower so we had to do it tough. We only had 16 fit players, but we ground it out.”
Wildcats complete their regular First Utility Super League campaign on Sunday with a derby at home to Castleford Tigers. Chester said skipper Danny Kirmond is set to make his return from injury and front-rower Scott Anderson could also be available. Tom Johnstone is facing another month on the sidelines, but fellow winger Ben Jones-Bishop, who missed the trip to France, is expected to be available for the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington Wolves at Leigh on Saturday, July 30.
Hooker Scott Moore is facing a possible one game ban after being charged with making a grade A high tackle on Catalans’ Morgan Escare.
He will appear before the RFL disciplinary committee today.