Wakefield hooker Paul Aiton has been ruled out for up to two months with a broken jaw, after being attacked on holiday in Spain.
Aiton, 27, is an ever present for the Wildcats this season but was mugged whilst on a short break last week, with Richard Agar’s men afforded time off due to the Challenge Cup semi-finals.
Agar told the club’s official website: “He’s been assaulted and robbed.
“Unfortunately he’s been in the wrong place at the wrong time and he’s been whacked around the face with an object. He’s not sure if it was a bat or an iron bar which has knocked him down and they’ve taken his bag that had his phone, sunglasses and wallet inside of it and taken off with it.
“He’s got up the next morning and gone to the hospital, had it x-rayed and they’ve broken it. He’s reported it as a mugging but I’m not too sure he’s holding out too much hope for anything to come back from it.
“It’s a real blow for us because he’s probably been our most consistent player and he’s our toughest player, that’s for sure. He’s really shaken up and it’s put a real downer on the start of our week.”
Wakefield have re-called hooker Andy Ellis from his loan spell at Featherstone to cover the absence of Aiton.
The Papua New Guinea international joined the club in the close season from Cronulla, making his debut in the first round victory at Widnes.