Wakefield Wildcats: Webster outlines injury crisis

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Coach James Webster has outlined the problems facing his injury-hit Wakefield Trinity Wildcats side.

Wildcats suffered a seventh successive defeat when they were beaten 48-22 at Leeds Rhinos on Monday, but Webster is upbeat about his team’s chances of staying in Super League.

James Webster.

James Webster.

“Injury-wise we are really struggling as a club, but effort-wise we aren’t,” he said.

“I’m hoping over the next two or three weeks I might get one or two players back.

“We’re not expecting any more back until then. We will continue to battle on, that’s where we’re at as a club.

“We are finding it hard to improve at training because we’re not able to get on the pitch. Realistically, we are fielding a team worth £700,000, against a team worth probably £1.8m.

“We are playing people out of position all over the pitch and borrowing people from other clubs. We are what we are at the moment.

“We aren’t going to complain about it, we’re going to keep trying to get better.”

Super League will split in July, with the top-eight battling for a place in the Grand Final, while the bottom-four compete against leading teams from the Championship with places in the elite competition next year up for grabs.

Webster said: “We are learning a lot and our focus is the back end of the year - round 23 and onwards.

“How we prepare for that and get people fit and ready for it is going to be important.

“Our goal this year is to stay up. We get a crack at that after round 23.

“When we get people back, hopefully we’ll be competitive like we were at the start of the year, when we had all our people fit and available.”

John Kear, left, and Chris Chester

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