WAKEFIELD TRINITY WILDCATS coach James Webster fears he could be without up to 11 senior players for tomorrow’s trip to Wigan Warriors.
Wildcats are bottom of First Utility Super League after losing their last four games.
And Webster said their injury situation has “got worse” since last Sunday’s resounding 44-14 defeat by Huddersfield Giants.
Ex-Wigan scrum-half Tim Smith played against Huddersfield, but has not been named in Wildcats’ initial 19-man squad for tomorrow and Danny Kirmond also misses out due to a series of injuries.
“He has got a knee injury,” Webster confirmed.
“He definitely won’t play this week. He is being monitored and we’ll know more about the extent of it next week.”
Centre Reece Lyne, who missed last Sunday’s defeat, has joined the long-term casualty list. “He has got some ligament damage in his thumb,” Webster said. “He is in a pot and he’ll be out for around five weeks.”
The coach added: “We’re still checking on a few others, but at the moment we are looking at maybe having 11 out this week.
“The 19 includes every single player who is available this week.”
Webster said forward Jordan Hand, who is on loan from St Helens, will make his debut in tomorrow’s game.
Former Leeds prop Ian Kirke has begun training after suffering a groin injury at Christmas, but is not yet in contention.