Ben Jeffries (pictured) has become the latest injury victim for Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and has had to pull out of tomorrow’s televised Engage Super League Round 14 game with his former club Bradford Bulls at the Hearwell Stadium (Kick off 8.00pm) with a leg injury.
The Australian stand off tweaked a quad muscle in his leg in the final practice session before the game.
Head Coach John Kear said: “It was ironic really because it happened at the very end of the session.
“Ben had taken over the kicking role when we played Leeds Rhinos in Edinburgh and hit the target five times out of six attempts.
“He wanted to continue with the role and I couldn’t see any reason why he shouldn’t be allowed to get on with it. He was practising his goal kicking skills as do all good professionals and that’s when the injury happened.
“Our physiotherapist Simon Wray treated him and told us that Ben wouldn’t be fit to play in 24 hours although he may be fit in time for next week’s home game against Harlequins.”
It’s Jeffries second injury spell of the season. He picked up a leg problem in the home defeat by Huddersfield and returned in time for the Good Friday win over Castleford Tigers.
“It’s shame for Ben and the team,” said Kear, “but it presents an opportunity for somebody else.
“In this case it’s Paul Cooke who is returning from a hamstring injury.
“We were going to start Paul on the bench and ease him back into the game. But now he’ll go in from the start and we’ll be looking for him to lead the team.”