Betts confirms Gilmore’s two-month lay off

Zack Wilson

Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts has revealed that Tom Gilmore will be out for between eight and 10 weeks, after sustaining an ankle injury.

The injury leaves Betts with something of a dilemma, as he looks for a suitable replacement in his squad, though he believes he does have players who can cover Gimore’s absence.

“Tom Gilmore’s got the classic syndesmosis,” Betts confirmed at his weekly press conference.

“He’s turned his ankle in the corner, someone’s landed on it, and he’s got a syndemosis.

“Which means he’s going to be, at best, [out for] eight weeks, at worst it could be 10.

“That’s the curse of our half backs at the moment.

“So we’re probably looking at a change in there. Aaron Heremaia was pretty good when he played there, when Tom went off at the weekend, he did okay.

“So there’s Aaron, and Lloyd White can play on the edges.

“But Danny Craven showed in the preseason that he can do that job for us, and it’s an opportunity for him to come into the side.”

One player who did impress Betts against Huddersfield was Chris Bridge, who lined up at stand off in the defeat to Huddersfield.

“He’s dangerous with the ball,” he said.

“One thing that Chris has got is that little bit of guile and unpredictability to break open a defence.”

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