Casualty Ward: Wigan dealt double blow & Ash Handley to miss play-off clash

Josh McAllister
Ash Handley Casualty Ward

Keep up to date with the latest injury news in Casualty Ward, this week including blows for both Wigan and Leeds ahead of the play-offs.

Wigan dealt double blow

England international Liam Farrell won’t play for Wigan again this season through injury and is a major doubt for the World Cup.

Farrell, 32, has been ruled out for around two months after suffering a knee injury in their 30-10 derby victory over St Helens. The back-rower has scored 13 tries in 22 appearances this season.

Meanwhile, half-back Cade Cust left the field during the club’s recent 48-4 victory over Catalans in the final round of the regular season.

Head coach Matt Peet said: “He’s injured his arm. He’ll need a scan, an x-ray. He could be (back this season). But if you ask me what I think, I think he might miss out. But what I think doesn’t matter.”

Leeds to be without Ash Handley

Leeds boss Rohan Smith confirmed that he will be without winger Ash Handley for their trip to Perpignan after picking up an ankle injury against Castleford.

The winger was forced from the field with a leg injury during the 14-8 victory over Castleford. The Rhinos will face Catalans in the play-off eliminators this Friday.

St Helens made to sweat on Walmsley

St Helens boss Kristian Woolf will be sweating on the fitness of international forward Alex Walmsley. The 32-year-old suffered a foot injury during the derby defeat at the DW Stadium. He wore a moon boot at the Super League Dream Team unveiling at the AJ Bell Stadium on Sunday morning. He is hopeful of returning back for their semi-final clash.

France handed major boost

France international Morgan Escare returned from a thumb injury to feature against Warrington. The full-back had been sidelined since June and was expected to miss the rest of the season. He will be a major boost for France ahead of their World Cup campaign.

Salford’s James Greenwood also returned from injury and featured in the centres against Daryl Powell’s side.

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