Race against time for Wakefield Wildcats prop Wilkes

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats prop forward Oliver Wilkes faces a race against time to be fit for the new Super League XVII season after undergoing surgery to remove his appendix this week.

The 31-year-old who returned to the Wildcats from Harlequins at the end of last season faces three to four weeks out after an operation on Wednesday evening.

Head coach Richard Agar explained: “Oli had keyhole surgery and everything went well.

“It is a blow for us that it has come so close to the start of the season but hopefully he will be fit for Round One.”

There was another scare for Agar when forward Andy Raleigh suffered a dislocated little finger in the Heatshot Festive Challenge defeat to Leeds Rhinos on Boxing Day but he has shaken it off and is back in full training.

Ali Lauitiiti and Motu Tony have arrived back from New Zealand in “good nick” according to Agar, who is planning to introduce some of his more experienced players, and those on the come-back form injury, for the trial game at Catalan Dragons on January 14.

Read tomorrow’s Wakefield Express for more news from the Wakefield Wildcats.