Casualty Ward: Havard timeframe, Tanginoa blow & Leeds down on numbers

Drew Darbyshire
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Keep up to date with the latest injury news in Casualty Ward, this week including Ethan Havard, Ethan Ryan, Wakefield and Leeds.

Havard timeframe confirmed

Wigan will be without key prop Ethan Havard for the next five weeks with a dislocated elbow he suffered in their Challenge Cup sixth round win over Leeds 10 days ago.

Wigan coach Matt Peet told Wigan Today: “It’s going to be six weeks from when he did it, which is probably the best case scenario.”

Ryan undergoes surgery

Hull KR back Ethan Ryan suffered a broken jaw in their golden point defeat to Wigan on Thursday night.

The Ireland international underwent surgery after sustaining the injury in Thursday night’s golden point extra-time defeat to Wigan at Craven Park.

There is good news for Hull KR though, with Ireland captain George King set to return from a calf issue at Magic Weekend.

Tanginoa suffers suspected broken arm

Wakefield forward Kelepi Tanginoa suffered a suspected broken arm in their 36-6 defeat at Catalans on Friday night.

Meanwhile, Luke Gale didn’t make his debut on Friday due to a groin injury.

Speaking in his press conference ahead of their trip to Perpignan, Wakefield coach Mark Applegarth revealed that centre Samisoni Langi would miss up to two months of action with an ankle injury.

Front-rower Renouf Atoni will be sidelined between four to eight weeks with a grade two MCL strain, with Reece Lyne (soleus strain) due to be back ‘just after Magic’.

Prop Jai Whitbread will probably miss ‘a couple of weeks’ with a groin injury, whilst winger Tom Lineham missed the Catalans game due to a dislocated finger.

The good news for Wakefield was that they could welcome back full-back Max Jowitt last week.

Castleford face nervy wait on forward

The Tigers face a nervous wait on experienced forward Nathan Massey after he suffered a shoulder injury in their 20-4 defeat at Huddersfield on Friday.

Speaking after the game, Castleford coach Andy Last said: “He’s hopeful that it’s just a stinger, but he was really struggling with mobility.”

Earlier last week, Last revealed that full-back Niall Evalds may not play again this season after suffering a pectoral tear which requires surgery.

Last said: “He’s going to miss the majority of the season, potentially the season for us so it’s not good news for Niall.”

Leeds down on numbers

Leeds boss Rohan Smith will be without a number of first team regulars for their Magic clash with Castleford on Saturday.

The Rhinos lost half-back Aidan Sezer, utility Morgan Gannon and centre Harry Newman to injuries in Friday’s defeat to St Helens.

The severity of the injuries haven’t yet been revealed, but they will likely be discussed in Smith’s press conference this week.

Speaking immediately after their loss to Saints, Smith said: “They will be significant injuries.

“You know when players get replaced in the manner that they did, you know they’re not returning to the game.

“They’ll get reviewed over the weekend and we’ll find out the outcome of those, but let’s not take away from the blokes that were out there and did what they did.”

Speaking in his press conference prior to the Saints game, Smith revealed they would be without half-back Blake Austin and Sam Lisone for a couple of weeks with calf injuries.

The Rhinos will also be without James McDonnell for two matches after the Ireland international received a two-match ban from the match review panel.

Thewlis update

Speaking in his press conference ahead of Friday’s defeat to Leigh, Warrington coach Daryl Powell said winger Josh Thewlis would miss ‘one or two weeks’ with a minor knee injury.

Powell also revealed that young half-back Leon Hayes was picked up a minor injury in training for North Wales the week previous, saying he was in a boot at present.

Salford forward out for the season

Salford coach Paul Rowley has confirmed that Australian forward Shane Wright will play no further part in the season.

Rowley said: “Shane has broken his ankle, ripped his ligament off the bone and he’s got a syndesmosis (injury) as well. It’s an 18-week recovery.”

The Red Devils were boosted by the return of England international Andy Ackers for their win over Hull on Sunday after completing his return to play concussion protocol.

However, Ackers left the field in the latter stages of the game with another head knock.

Rowley said: “Andy has gone off again, so we will lose him for anything up to a month which is disappointing for him and us, but his health is the most important thing so hopefully he has a quick recovery.”

The good news for Salford was that they got to welcome back Dream Team members Tim Lafai and Ken Sio against Hull.

Hull back ‘a couple of weeks away’

Speaking after their 29-22 defeat to Salford, Hull coach Tony Smith said young back Davy Litten is a ‘couple of weeks away’ from returning.

Smith said: “A couple of weeks I’d say. It wasn’t a bad one. It was a syndesmosis – wasn’t a bad grading, he’s doing okay. They’ve gone through the normal process for the first two weeks and then rehab.

“He hasn’t run yet so if you’re asking me is he going to play next week? I very much doubt that having not run yet and we don’t even know if he can run yet. Davy will be back when his injury is ready to comeback.”

Scott Taylor, Ligi Sao and Darnell McIntosh returned for Hull on Sunday.

Leigh debutant to go for scans

Ireland international Frankie Halton will go for scans after picking up an injury on his debut for Leigh in their win over Warrington.

Speaking after the game on Friday, Leigh coach Adrian Lam said: “He’s seemed to potentially strain or torn a pec, which is not good news because it is long-term that, three to four months. It doesn’t look good at the moment so we’ll just see how that unfolds.

“He’ll have scans on Monday and then we’ll know a little bit better, but it doesn’t look good at the moment.”

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