Casualty Ward: Hull KR triple loss, update on Wakefield duo, Catalans blows & injuries mount for Leeds

Drew Darbyshire
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Keep up to date with the latest injury news in Casualty Ward, this week including Hull KR, Wakefield, Catalans and Leeds.

Hull KR suffer triple injury blow

Willie Peters’ side lost three players to injury in their defeat to Salford at Magic Weekend.

Forward James Batchelor left the field on a stretcher in the first half and was taken to hospital for a scan as a precaution on a neck injury.

On Saturday night, Batchelor tweeted: “Thanks for the messages everyone, cleared at the hospital and on the way home now. Just took a leaf out of Sam Luckley’s book and tried making Magic Weekend all about me.”

Meanwhile, full-back Lachlan Coote failed a head injury assessment in the second half whilst prop Sauaso Sue limped off the field with a leg injury.

Wakefield provide update on duo

Wakefield centre Jack Croft was stretchered from the field in their defeat to Leigh.

The 22-year-old was featuring in just his second game back for Wakefield following his return to the club following a stint in Australia. Play was stopped for 10 minutes as he received medical treatment before going to hospital.

Croft has been cleared of any serious injury and will be back in contention to play as soon as the symptoms of his injury settle.

Meanwhile, prop Josh Bowden will be unavailable for Sunday’s home clash with Leeds due to concussion.

One in, one out at Huddersfield

Huddersfield lost key forward Joe Greenwood to a failed head injury assessment in their heavy defeat to St Helens.

As a result, the 30-year-old will be unavailable for Huddersfield’s trip to Warrington on Saturday due to the return to play concussion protocol.

There is good news for the Giants though. Half-back Olly Russell is expected to make a return from a hamstring injury this weekend.

Big Sam boost

Warrington are expected to be boosted by the return of Sam Kasiano for Saturday’s home clash with Huddersfield.

Former New Zealand and Samoa international Kasiano missed their Magic defeat to Hull with a rib injury.

However, Wire coach Daryl Powell said Joe Philbin is doubtful for this weekend after taking a knock to his shoulder in Sunday’s defeat to Hull.

Josh Drinkwater left the action early in Newcastle with after suffering a minor ankle injury, but he is expected to play this week.

Meanwhile, former Australia and Samoa international Josh McGuire missed Magic Weekend due to a knee injury he picked up at Leigh the week previous.

Injuries mount for Leeds

The Rhinos went in to their Magic defeat to Castleford without several first team regulars, including Harry Newman, Morgan Gannon, Sam Lisone, David Fusitu’a, Aidan Sezer and Zane Tetevano.

And they were dealt another blow when England international prop Tom Holroyd was a late withdrawal in the warm-up due to a lower leg issue.

Speaking about Holroyd after the game, Leeds coach Rohan Smith said: “He’s got a lower leg issue and just wasn’t quite right. It’s one of those. they sometimes happen from time to time and when you’ve got plenty out, sometimes that’s the time when they happen.”

Update on Castleford duo

Castleford boss Andy Last provided the latest on Alex Mellor and Jordan Turner following their Magic win over Leeds.

Jamaica international Turner was forced from the action with a calf injury, whilst Mellor had to leave for a head injury assessment, which he passed.

On Turner, Last said: “It was a precaution and hopefully it allows him to be available for selection next week.”

Catalans suffer blows to key duo

Dragons coach Steve McNamara revealed injuries to winger Tom Davies and forward Siosiua Taukeiaho following their win over Wigan.

Davies was due to return from a neck injury against his former club Wigan, but then rolled his ankle in training that week,

Meanwhile, Tonga co-captain Taukeiaho played against Wigan but limped off in the second half.

McNamara said: “He’s got a sore foot. From a kick-off tackle, he got landed on and he’s sore. We’re not quite sure what it is but it’s not a good sign for him.”

Latest on Salford star

Salford coach Paul Rowley says it is unlikely they will have hooker Andy Ackers back at their disposal for Friday’s trip to Castleford.

England international Ackers is currently completing his return to play concussion protocols, but is thankfully symptom-free. Rowley is hoping Ackers will be available for next weekend.

O’Donnell not risked

Leigh coach Adrian Lam said he decided not to risk playing in-form forward Kai O’Donnell at Magic Weekend.

Lam said: “In captain’s run he strained a back muscle and he was 50-50 about playing but I made the decision not to force his hand on that, so he should be back for next week (against Hull).

“He’s one of those players that never misses training, so he wanted to play but we just made the smart decision to leave him out.”

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