Lewis Murphy may have played his final game for Wakefield

Josh McAllister
Lewis Murphy

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Wakefield have confirmed that star winger Lewis Murphy has suffered an Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury, ruling him out for the remainder of the 2023 season. 

Murphy, 20, left the field during the first half of Friday’s Super League fixture with Huddersfield at home.

Scans since have confirmed the severity of the injury.

Wakefield head coach Mark Applegarth said: “We are all really disappointed for Lewis and it’s a cruel blow.

“Everyone at the club will support him through his rehab and I know he will be relentless in coming back better than ever in 2024.”

The youngster has been heavily linked with a move to the NRL for 2024, meaning he is likely to have played his final game for Wakefield.

It has previously been reported by the Daily Telegraph that Murphy has ‘agreed terms’ to join Sydney Roosters in the NRL from the 2024 campaign.

Murphy enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2022, scoring 17 tries in 19 Super League appearances. He is currently off-contract at the end of the current season.

Lewis Murphy added to long Wakefield injury list

Murphy has been added to an already-long list of injuries in Applegarth’s squad, who are yet to pick up their first win of 2023.

The side will be without full-back Max Jowitt for up to three months due to ‘freak’ ankle injury sustained in training. He has since undergone surgery.

Forward Kelepi Tanginoa is expected to be sidelined for a few more rounds after tweaking a hamstring against Wigan.

Meanwhile, centre Reece Lyne has missed the last two games with a ‘medical issue’.

Applegarth provided the latest: “It is a medical issue as we’ve already released. We are still investigating it and making sure everything is right. As soon as I can give some more info on that, I will make sure it’s shared.

“I’ve got no real more information on it than we’ve already released. I don’t want to crystal ball it. But hopefully a week or two, then we should be able to give a lot more clarity.”

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