Wildcats head coach Richard Agar has revealed mixed news regarding fitness concerns while naming his squad ahead of this Sunday’s clash with Doncaster.
Wakefield go into Sunday’s (kick-off, 3pm) final pre-season friendly against the Dons without Tim Smith, Andy Raleigh and now Lee Smith after the centre suffered a painful injury in training this week.
Captain Danny Kirmond, centre Dean Collis and Oliver Wilkes return at the Keepmoat Stadium after missing Sunday’s 42-12 defeat to St. Helens. Kyle Amor is also set to feature for the first time in pre-season while Vince Mellars also returns.
That news has boosted Agar and there is also more positive news about influential half-back Tim Smith as he explains.
“Timmy is a wait and see job, there is no break but some ligament damage in there but nothing major,” said Agar.
“He’s currently in a boot and we’d expect that to keep him off his feet for at least a week from the injury and we’ll get him back running again next week. He may well be in contention for round one but it will be a race against time.
“He’s on the back end of an outstanding season is Timmy. He’s very much looking forward to it and he’s a major player for us. He’s very confident, buzzing about his game and we build our team around him. It’s a disappointment for him but it could have been a lot worse.
“It will be a race against time but we may well get him back for round one, he’s an influential player within the ranks. To get an injury at any time is disappointing but he’s had a hard slog of a pre-season.
“He’s in real good shape and it puts a dampener on it so it’s frustrating but we’ll get him back on the field as soon as we can. He’ll still be able to contribute being around the place and our physios will do a good job with him and hopefully it won’t be too long before we have him back.”
Meanwhile after damaging his ribs at Langtree Park, the prognosis for 2012 Coaches Player of the Year Raleigh is good.
“We are hoping that Andy will be back. He’s a little bit too sore to play this week but we’re hoping Andy will get back in contention for the Bradford game. He’s managed to get some training done this week but the Doncaster game is not one we’ll be risking him in,” explained Agar.
There has been one major injury that has been suffered this week to Lee Smith and he looks set to miss the next four weeks as the head coach describes.
“It’s terrible news for Lee, it was a bad injury. He’s had an open dislocation on his thumb where the bone has came through his skin late on in training on Wednesday. Fortunately there is no break in there and they put the thumb back and it’s taken a bit of time off the recovery time. We’re hoping it will be around a four week injury. It’s a real blow for Lee.”
The full squad for Sunday’s trip to the Dons:
1. Richard MATHERS
2. Peter FOX
3. Dean COLLIS
5. Ben COCKAYNE
6. Paul SYKES
8. Justin POORE
9. Paul AITON
11. Ali LAUITIITI
12. Danny KIRMOND
13. Danny WASHBROOK
15. Kyle AMOR
16. Oliver WILKES
17. Frankie MARIANO
18. Kyle TROUT
19. Vince MELLARS
20. Reece LYNE
21. Matty WILDIE
22. Danny COWLING
23. Brad SINGLETON
25. Isaac JOHN
26. Bobbie GOULDING
27. Chris ANNAKIN
28. Liam KAY
Tickets are available on the gate with adults will be charged £12, concessions £6, 5-16 year-olds £2 while under 5s gain access for free.
If you require any more information about ticketing for the final pre-season friendly before the Wildcats open up their Super League campaign then call the Dons direct on 01302 765888.
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