Wakefield Wildcats: Injury blow knocks gloss off cup win

Joe Arundel
Joe Arundel

WAKEFIELD TRINITY Wildcats centre Joe Arundel will learn today the extent of the knee injury he suffered during last Friday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup win over Sheffield Eagles.

Wildcats secured a place in Thursday’s draw with their fifth successive win, seeing off the Kingstone Press Championship visitors 44-10, but the victory came at a cost.

Coach Chris Chester, who guided Hull KR to Wembley last year, said: “Joe had a scan on Saturday and he’s going to see the specialist [today] to go over the results.

“We will know after that whether he is going to need any kind of surgery. Hopefully he doesn’t, but the best-case scenario is he will be out for three to four weeks.

“The worst case is four months.”

Chester added: “It is very disappointing, he has been playing very well.”

Arundel was Wildcats’ only significant casualty and Chester said he has revised his original opinion of Wakefield’s performance.

“I was disappointed with the way we played in the second half, but on reflection I was maybe a bit too critical of them after the game,” he said.

“Our completion rate was 78 per cent, which in the conditions is not a bad effort.

“The main thing is we are in the hat for the next round and we are looking forward to Thursday for the draw.”