In-form prop Kyle Amor has suffered a broken hand that could see him miss Wakefield Wildcats’ last two matches of the season and scupper his chances of playing in the World Cup for Ireland.
The Cumbrian suffered the injury in training this week and Wildcats will get a second opinion on the setback early next week but he will definitely miss Sunday’s trip to Huddersfield Giants.
“We’ve had an injury in training this week, Kyle Amor’s broken his hand,” Wildcats boss Richard Agar revealed.
“We’re looking for a second opinion. He won’t play this week and he’s keen to get a game in before the year’s out but we’d expect him at this moment to miss the rest of the year.
“We’ll have a look at what the second opinion says because he’s obviously wanting to play for Ireland in the World Cup as well so it could effect his chances of that. But you never know, at this moment in time it’s early days and we’re waiting for a second opinion to see if it’s a hairline fracture that he can actually play with.
“The problem is that if he does play with it and the weak spot gets broken again it could get displaced and then you’re talking a fairly lengthy operation.
“It’s unlikely at this stage, unless we have to risk him, we’ll play him and that’s a sad loss for us because I think his form over the second half of the year has been outstanding.”
Wildcats will also be without Paul Sykes despite making efforts to get him ready for a return to action against table-topping Giants this weekend.
The former Bradford Bulls man has been out with a broken leg and his absence has been a big blow for Wakefield but he will have to sit on the sidelines for another weekend.
“We thought he might have a chance these last two games,” said Agar.
“He’s back up and running and running on the grass but he’s a little bit sore and he’s not going to be back in time for this week.
“We’ll keep our fingers crossed and see if he can improve and give us a chance of getting him on the park for Castleford but at the moment it’s an outside bet.”
One positive for Wildcats is the return of Frankie Mariano after he missed the home defeat against St Helens last time out.