Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have been dealt a blow with the news that stand-off Paul Sykes is set for six weeks on the sidelines through injury.
Sykes suffered a fractured fibula in the first-half of Wildcats’ 24-14 Super League victory over Widnes Vikings at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Monday night.
The former Bradford Bulls man went for an x-ray on the injury, which saw him on crutches at the stadium last night, after the match and the results confirmed Wakefield’s initial fears that they would lose the 31-year-old for a large chunk of the remainder of the season.
Sykes could return before the end of the campaign but the injury represents a blow to Wakefield’s play-off hopes.
Lee Smith has slotted in a stand-off for Wildcats in Sykes’s absence already this season, while Matty Wildie could also be another option. Danny Washbrook is expected to return to loose forward despite plugging the gap left at no.6 for a spell against the Vikings.
Wildcats are still awaiting injury updates on centre Dean Collis, who limped off with a recurrence of a hamstring injury, and skipper Danny Kirmond, who also hobbled off late on in the match.