Casualty Ward: Halton boost, Castleford blows, Taufua concern & Garc-ear

Drew Darbyshire
Jorge Taufua, Nathan Massey and Frankie Halton

(L-R) Jorge Taufua, Nathan Massey and Frankie Halton feature in this week's Casualty Ward

Keep up to date with the latest injury news in Casualty Ward, this week including Hull KR forward Frankie Halton and Wakefield’s new recruit Jorge Taufua.

Halton boost

Ireland international Frankie Halton is likely to return for their trip to Wigan on Thursday.

However, the Robins could be without prop Greg Richards, utility Jimmy Keinhorst and half-back Mikey Lewis, with all three leaving the field in their 30-22 win at Warrington on Friday night.

Lewis received heavy strapping on his right foot and tried his best to remain on the field, but soon succumbed to the injury. He was on crutches after the game.

Mago illness

Wigan prop Patrick Mago missed their 42-12 defeat at Leeds on Thursday night. As a result, new signing Mike Cooper was a late addition to Matt Peet’s squad. Mago should be okay to face Hull KR on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Leeds winger David Fusitu’a left the field with an ankle injury. The Rhinos will look more closely at Fusitu’a’s injury this week.

Castleford blows

The Tigers will be without half-back Gareth O’Brien and forward Alex Mellor for Friday’s derby against Wakefield. The pair failed HIAs in their 46-18 win at Hull on Friday.

Meanwhile, Castleford coach Lee Radford confirmed after the game that long-serving forward Nathan Massey will play no further part in 2022 due to injury.

Russell shoulder

Huddersfield coach Ian Watson says they will monitor half-back Olly Russell more closely ahead of Saturday’s game against Warrington.

The 23-year-old left the field with a shoulder injury in their 13-12 defeat in Perpignan against Catalans on Saturday.

Garcia ear

Catalans Dragons captain Ben Garcia almost lost an ear at Magic Weekend. He got it repaired in Newcastle before returning to Perpignan with his team-mates.And the France international suffered the same injury in their13-12 win over Huddersfield on Saturday! He got it re-attached at a nearby hospital in Perpignan.

Salford suffer another season-ender

Scotland international Danny Addy will play no part in this autumn’s World Cup after suffering a season-ending injury whilst playing for Salford.

The 31-year-old had to be helped from the pitch in the first half of their 24-11 win in Toulouse on Saturday evening.

Addy, who has played in the last two World Cups, suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon rupture.

Taufua concern

Wakefield’s new recruit Jorge Taufua scored his first try for the club in a devastating golden point loss to St Helens – but it came at a cost.

The Samoa and Tonga international left the field in the closing stages with an arm injury after Konrad Hurrell broke his tackle. He will be assessed further in the coming days.

Ashall-Bott in safe hands

Toulouse say full-back Olly Ashall-Bott is okay despite collapsing after their match with Salford on Saturday in hot conditions. (League Express)

A Toulouse spokesperson told League Express: “It looked scary at the time but he received immediate personal attention and he was in safe hands.”

Our Casualty Ward feature is out every Monday with the latest injury news.

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