WAKEFIELD TRINITY Wildcats centre Ashley Gibson is facing at least three months on the sidelines.
Gibson was hurt in a tackle by Aaron Heremaia during Wildcats’ 18-16 win at Widnes Vikings and coach Chris Chester confirmed: “He has got a dislocated shoulder. He will most probably need surgery. We are just waiting for the images to come back, but he is looking at a minimum of three months.”
Heremaia, who was sin-binned, has been charged with a grade E dangerous throw and will appear before the RFL disciplinary tonight. He was later sent-off for fighting with Wakefield’s Scott Moore, who was also dismissed. Moore has been charged with grade A contrary behaviour, a grade B high tackle and grade A punching, a charge Heremaia also faces. Widnes’ Stefan Marsh was charged with grade C tripping.
Of Heremaia’s dangerous throw charge, Chester said: “We will let the disciplinary deal with it.” But he added: “One of the charges Scott is up on is going and pushing a player out of the way. Another is grade A punching, but we can’t see any punches being thrown.
“We will wait and see what the hearing brings.”
Wildcats are up to seventh in First Utility Super League and have a five point advantage over ninth-placed Hull KR.
Chester said: “Losing a player like Scott early doors had a big effect on the way we played, but there’s a lot of belief in the group and a never-say-die attitude.
“To come away from Widnes with the two points was extremely pleasing and it has made a massive difference in terms of the league ladder as well. Other results went for us and we are in a healthy position, but we’re not going to get carried away.”