Wakefield Wildcats: Jones-Bishop a big doubt for cup semi-final

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LUCKLESS WINGER Ben Jones-Bishop could miss Wakefield Trinity Wildcats’ Ladbrokes Challenge Cup semi-final showdown with Warrington Wolves later this month.

The former Leeds Rhinos player suffered a shoulder injury in last Friday’s 22-18 defeat at Wigan Warriors.

And coach Chris Chester said: “We’ll find out [today] the extent of it, but it looks like we have lost him for a number of weeks.”

Wildcats’ other first-choice winger Tom Johnstone missed the game at DW Stadium last Friday due to a lower leg injury and Chester said the player is in a race against time to be fit for the Cup clash at Leigh on July 30.

“He has had an MRI scan and he has got a small fracture,” Chester said.

“It didn’t show up on the x-ray, but it did on the MRI.

“It is not a big one and it’s not the weight-bearing bone that has fractured, so hopefully he won’t be out for a long time.

“We will probably put him in a boot for a few weeks and see how he is. He ran [on Sunday], but he is still getting a bit of pain.

“It is disappointing for Tom, but it is just a waiting game.”

Chester is hopeful Mickael Simon, Anthony Tupou, Nick Scruton and Danny Kirmond will be fit to return away to Catalans Dragons on Saturday when a point would guarantee Wildcats’ place in the First Utility Super-8s.

Wildcats were beaten by a last-minute try at Wigan and Chester said: “The performance was good, for 79 minutes we controlled the game really, really well.

“We just weren’t clinical enough in the first half.

“We should probably have scored a couple more tries, but we came up with some wrong options.”