Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have been dealt a blow with news that back rower Matt Ryan will face the rest of the First Utility Super League season on the sidelines.
The Australian will undergo shoulder surgery on Wednesday after an impressive first season at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium.
Wildcats boss James Webster said: “He’ll go in for an operation next Wednesday so that will be him for the season.
”He’s done a good job for us but it probably typifies our season in that we’ve had to patch people up for a long period of time but we don’t have to do that anymore.
“We’re looking at pre-season next year for Matty and we want him back for the first day of pre-season. We probably see that as more important than what the rest of the year holds.
“He’s had it for a while and didn’t want to know the full extent until I made him go and get a scan – he wanted to carry on playing.
“But he can’t hold onto the ball, you saw that when he dropped the ball in the act of scoring [against Catalan].
“I thought it was cruel watching him play in that while his effort and commitment to the team was outstanding, it’s just not fair on him anymore.”
Meanwhile, Daniel Smith could return in two weeks time from a knee injury, with Pita Godinet also in line to feature before the end of the campaign as he recovers from a knee injury.
The Samoan hooker is expected to be available for selection in approximately four weeks.
Dean Collis (knee) could make a long awaited return in the next home game against Huddersfield Giants on August 3.
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