John Kear’s play-off hopes have been dashed by injuries to several key members of his Wakefield squad ahead of the weekend’s game against St Helens.
Wingers Luke George (shoulder) and Dale Morton (knee) and young centre Danny Cowling (knee) are out for the rest of the season, with George due to have surgery in the next fortnight with the hope of returning to full fitness ahead of pre-season training in December.
Back-rower Dale Ferguson had surgery for a hernia two weeks ago and has resumed training, but will not be match-fit for at least another fortnight.
Kear said: “We’re busted at the moment. There’s no particular reason but it’s just the time of the season with bumps, bruises and injury problems piling up.”