Wakefield Wildcats: Broken thumb rules Taulima Tautai out for six to eight weeks

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have received a blow with the news that forward Taulima Tautai will be sidelined for six to eight weeks with a broken thumb.

The Samoan suffered the injury in Sunday’s defeat against Wigan Warriors and will be out for a large chunk of the remaining campaign after undergoing an operation.

“Taulima Tautai has got a broken and dislocated thumb. He’s had an operation and will be out for six to eight weeks which is a bit of a blow for us because he’s made a particularly promising start,” said Wildcats head coach Richard Agar.

“It’s a blow because he’s done really well in his first two weeks and proven to be a really popular player for us.”

Tautai has only played two matches since making his move from Parramatta Eels and Wakefield will be hoping Andy Raleigh is passed fit to feature at Salford City Reds on Monday night to boost their forward options.

Agar is also hoping the blow of losing Tautai is alleviated by the return of Tim Smith, Paul Sykes and Ali Lauitiiti, who all missed last Sunday’s match.