Wakefield Wildcats half-back Kyle Wood to miss start of Super League season with eye injury

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WAKEFIELD Trinity Wildcats half-back Kyle Wood will miss the start of the Super League season after undergoing surgery for a detached retina.

The 23-year-old suffered the injury in training and was a late withdrawal from Wakefield’s squad that took on Leeds Rhinos in the Heatshot Festive Challenge yesterday.

He is set for at least two months on the sidelines and ’Cats head coach Richard Agar says the setback is a “big blow” to his side’s preparations for the new season.

“He got a stray finger in his eye at training and he’s got a detached retina which he’s had surgery on,” Agar confirmed.

“They’re very unusual injuries and we’ve had two of them now in the last few months so we’ve not been really lucky in that score.

“It’s a blow because Woody’s been going great in pre-season and he made a lot of impact for us last year.

“I think the percentages and guarantees of successes on these operations are that they don’t always work first time, so finger’s crossed it does work first time and we’re looking at two, possibly three months. It could be longer so that’s a big blow for us.”

Wakefield centre Vince Mellars missed two months of last season through the same injury.

Mellars also pulled out of Wildcats’ Boxing Day squad with a hamstring injury, while Lee Smith (back) was not risked. Both are expected to be at full fitness for Wakefield’s warm weather training camp in Portugal from Saturday, January 5.

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