Captain’s Column: Frustrating to be sidelined for Catalans but we have good strength in depth

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I’m going to be out for three or four weeks and it’s really frustrating because I felt I was playing well and the team has been playing well.

It’s a cartilage problem and it’s something I picked up a few weeks ago but I thought I could persevere with. It felt worse than ever on Sunday though so I needed to have the operation and get it sorted out before it got any worse.

I was a bit sick just sat on the touchline not being able to do anything in the second half on Sunday, especially as the captain. I wanted to be out there with the boys and it’s going to be hard missing the next few matches.

I’ll have a couple of rest days and I should be back in training next week. Hopefully I’ll be back in time for the St Helens game but if not that, Leeds.

It’ll be hard for me to miss this weekend, especially with it being Catalans, but I’ll keep in touch with the boys to see how they’re getting on.

It’s always different from the usual rounds because of the travel involved and the staying over.

James Webster usually enjoys the long trips because he acts as a quiz master!

Whenever we go somewhere and stay over he enjoys putting a quiz together and there are plenty of NRL questions in there. The teams are picked at random and it’s usually a good laugh.

We go there in good form and in confident mood and we’re improving week-by-week but we know it’ll be a tough match there.

Me and Reece Lyne will be out but the lads who come in will be good replacements - we have a good squad now - and hopefully we can get the right result.