Wakefield would have asked Hull to replace them in this week’s fixture list after more COVID woe

Wakefield Trinity CEO Michael Carter

Wakefield chief executive Michael Carter says they would have asked Hull to step in for their game against St Helens on Friday, had the Airlie Birds not answered an SOS to replace Castleford.

Hull will take on Leeds at Headingley tonight after their players and coaching staff decided to say yes to a plea by Super League chiefs to replace the Tigers, who are reported to have 21 players unavailable through injury and coronavirus protocols.

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Trinity have revealed they are down to just 17 players available for their game against the champions, with only 14 of those fit to play, after a positive coronavirus test required eight players to stand down due to track and trace.

Carter said: “We’ve got 14 fit players and three guys out of a group of about five who are playing rock, papers, scissors to see who is the least injured,.

“If Cas hadn’t have been in the position they were in yesterday, we’d have been the ones to ask Hull to play Saints on Friday and we’ll pick up a fixture the week after.

“But if you go in chronological order, Cas have had their issues first and got that switch and we have nowhere to go. So we are playing tomorrow night. We will have 17 on the field and in the dug-out – but that’s all we’ve got.”

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