Casualty Ward: Gareth Widdop update, Leeds Rhinos blow & England forward to miss Warrington clash

Drew Darbyshire
Mike McMeeken, Gareth Widdop and David Fusitu'a Casualty Ward

Mike McMeeken (Catalans), Gareth Widdop (Castleford) and David Fusitu'a (Leeds) all feature in this week's Casualty Ward

Keep up to date with the latest injury news in Casualty Ward, this week including Gareth Widdop, Leeds Rhinos and Catalans Dragons.

Gareth Widdop update

Castleford Tigers coach Andy Last says half-back Gareth Widdop could return for Friday’s home clash with Huddersfield Giants.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of Friday’ 34-16 defeat Hull KR, Last said of Widdop: “He picked up a hefty dead leg after the Hull FC game and his quad has taken a fair bit of swelling and a bleed.

“He should be able to go Friday (against Huddersfield), he was touch and go this week but he’s not been able to get through the Tuesday session so we made the decision to not select him in the squad. All being well, back for Huddersfield.”

Leeds star ruled out of Leigh clash

There will be no David Fusitu’a for Leeds Rhinos this weekend after the winger failed a head injury assessment in their defeat at St Helens.

The return to play concussion protocol means the Tonga international won’t be able to play in their game against Leigh Leopards at Headingley on Sunday.

Catalans without England prop for Warrington trip

Catalans Dragons will be without prop Mike McMeeken for Friday’s trip to Warrington Wolves due to the return to play concussion protocol.

The England international failed a head injury assessment in their 42-0 win over Salford Red Devils in Perpignan.

Huddersfield face nervous wait on injured duo

Huddersfield Giants will wait to find out more on the injuries sustained by Jermaine McGillvary and Luke Yates in their win over Hull FC.

The Giants won their third game in a row on Thursday night as they defeated Hull FC 19-12 in a televised match at the John Smith’s Stadium.

The win came at a cost though, with former England winger McGillvary and club captain Yates picking up injuries.

“Jermaine looks like he’s done his hamstring, which isn’t great,” Watson said in his post-match press conference. “Hopefully we’ve caught it and it’s not as bad as we think.

“Luke, his ankle looks pretty swollen. Everyone thought it was his head, but it was his ankle.”

St Helens star ‘all good’

Saints centre Will Hopoate put in a man of the match display in their 22-18 win over Leeds Rhinos on Friday night.

The Tonga international received treatment on his hamstring a couple of times during the game – but he revealed in his post-match interview with Sky Sports after the game that it was ‘all good’.

He said: “(It’s) good, just getting old! It was a fatiguing game so it was just tightening up so I just needed it loosening up, so it’s all good.”

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