Gaskell out for four weeks after Groat hit

Bradford Bulls half-back Lee Gaskell has been ruled out of action for around four weeks with a broken jaw.

This follows an incident in his team’s game against Doncaster last week, when Dons prop Matt Groat struck the Bradford man with an elbow.

He has been banned for three games and fined £100 for the incident by the RFL, but Bradford are unhappy with that punishment.

 “The Doncaster player has hit Lee off the ball and left him concussed, which meant he had to leave the field and could play no further part in the game,” Bradford managing director Steve Ferres told the Bradford Telegraph & Argus.

“He’s going to be out for more weeks than what Groat will be banned for, and I find that unfair and wrong.

“You can’t allow people to go around doing that sort of thing. The game is probably tougher now than it has ever been because of the collisions.

“But there are also more cameras and when video evidence clearly shows an off-the-ball incident which concusses a player, that alone should be a minimum of eight weeks for me.”

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