Wakefield Wildcats: Knee injury rules Sykes out for up two months

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have been dealt a blow with the news that half-back Paul Sykes will be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a knee injury.

The 31-year-old suffered the injury in Wakefield’s victory at Widnes Vikings last month and he sat out the weekend win over Catalans Dragons.

“It’s a big blow to lose him for that long,” said Wildcats head coach Richard Agar.

“Paul’s been a bit of a key for us so far this season.”

Kyle Wood stepped in to plug the gap left by Sykes against Catalans on Saturday night and although admitting losing Sykes is a blow, Agar is confident his squad can deal with the loss.

“Woody has been sat patiently for a chance and I felt he did okay last week,” Agar commented.

“He came in with a couple of timely plays , had a hand in two if not three tries and I felt he played very soundly. He understands the role we want him to play off Timmy [Smith] and while we lose Paul’s experience, as well as running game and kicking, judging on last week we covered it okay.

“I thought Lee [Smith] kicked goals particularly well and I thought Woody, for his first game in there, has done a good job for us.”

Agar has rated prop Justin Poore as “fifty-fifty” to feature against Hull FC tonight, Friday, after rolling his ankle in last weekend’s match, while the Wakefield boss will also assess whether full-back Richard Mathers is ready to return from an ankle injury.

Mathers has been included in Wakefield’s 19-man squad and will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness.