Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have received a boost with the news captain Danny Kirmond has been given the all-clear to play against Widnes Vikings on Monday.
Kirmond suffered a ruptured tendon in his finger during Monday’s 27-26 victory at Hull FC and initial fears were that he could be sidelined for the rest of the season.
But on Wednesday a specialist gave Wakefield’s in-form skipper the green light to continue leading his side on the pitch in the crucial Super League run-in.
“It’s terrific news on him,” said Wildcats head coach Richard Agar.
“He may not need an operation and if he does we can put it off until the end of the season. So as long as pain allows, and he’s comfortable with it, which he is, we’re not going to lose him so that’s a real bonus.
“We came out of Monday’s game thinking we might lose Justin on that tackle, albeit for a week, and we thought we were going to lose Kirmo potentially for the rest of the season so it’s great news in that both players are clear to play this week.”
The second row has been one of Wildcats’ players of the season so far and his absence for the remainder of the season would have been a big blow to Wakefield’s chances of making the Super League play-offs.
“I was delighted to receive good news on my finger injury from the specialist on Wednesday afternoon,” said Kirmond.
“I ruptured a tendon in there but fortunately I can strap it up, I’ve got a splint on there for a few weeks so I’m able to play which is good news and I’m really happy about that. I’ve had some similar finger injuries before and they’ve put me out for about eight weeks.”
The second row has led by example so far this season has also pitched in with a handy ten tries in his last eight matches, including a hat-trick against London Broncos, leading to some calling for an England call-up.
See Friday’s Wakefield Express to read Kirmond’s latest Captain’s Column.