Wakefield Trinity Wildcats pair major doubts for Super League opener at Bradford Bulls

INJURY DOUBT: Andy Raleigh is one of a number of injury doubts for Wakefield Wildcats' Super League opener at Bradford Bulls

INJURY DOUBT: Andy Raleigh is one of a number of injury doubts for Wakefield Wildcats' Super League opener at Bradford Bulls

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats duo Andy Raleigh and Tim Smith are both major doubts for the Super League opener at Bradford Bulls.

The pair suffered injuries in Wakefield’s trial game defeat at St Helens on Sunday, with Smith leaving the pitch with a leg injury in the first half and Raleigh suffering rib cartilage damage late in the game.

Wildcats head coach Richard Agar had initial concerns that Smith could have suffered a broken leg but those fears were allayed following tests after the match.

The possible unavailability of two key players will still be a blow for Wakefield ahead of their trip to Odsal on Sunday, February 3, however.

“Andy has got rib cartilages and will be a doubt for Round 1,” said Agar.

“We could jab him up and maybe he could get through it but we’ve got to make sure there is no pain there for him.

“He’s had very limited game time as well so we need to prepare him for the season properly. We’re hoping that he has a speedy recovery.

“We’ve had further tests on Tim and there is no break which is good news. There is bruising and he’s strained his ligaments a bit so he’s going to be a doubt for Round 1 as well while that settles down. It could have been a lot worse.”

The pair join Oliver Wilkes (thumb) and Kyle Wood (eye) in the Wakefield treatment room but Kyle Amor and skipper Danny Kirmond are both set to return in Wakefield’s final trial game at Doncaster on Sunday.

See Friday’s Wakefield Express for all the latest Wakefield Trinity Wildcats news.