Ian Watson will miss the rest of the season after breaking his jaw in Swinton’s 44 – 0 win over Whitehaven on Sunday.
The Lions’ assistant player coach was accidentally caught by an opposition players knee fifteen minutes into the co-operative Championship One game.
Watson, an ever present for Swinton this season, was taken to Salford Royal Hospital and then transferred to the Manchester Face Clinic to have his jaw reset.
Head coach Steve McCormack said “It was a sickening injury and our thoughts go out to Ian. He was caught in the face by a knee and we knew straight away it was bad. Ian is a massive player for us and he will be missed but we all wish him a speedy recovery”
The Lions went on to blank Whitehaven with their best win of the season which takes them five points clear of Doncaster with a game in hand and five games left to play.