Wildcats head coach Richard Agar has revealed captain Danny Kirmond is set to be sidelined for up to four weeks after undergoing a successful operation this afternoon.
The Wakefield second-rower limped off at half-time in the 18-16 defeat to Huddersfield and didn’t appear in the second period as he watched from the touchline with an ice pack strapped to his knee.
The Trinity boss also revealed Reece Lyne will miss at least the next two fixtures after his diagnosis was thankfully improved after visiting a specialist over his pectoral injury.
The Wildcats will travel to France tomorrow morning as they prepare to face Catalan Dragons on Saturday and Agar explains his injury concerns ahead of the 19-man squad announcement on Thursday afternoon.
“We have a couple of injuries to contend with, Danny Kirmond is having an operation on a cartilage today that’s going to rule him out for three to four weeks and Reece Lyne.
“We were a little bit worried about Reece, not last week but the week before we thought he had got a torn pectoral which at one point we thought we’d be looking at surgery which would keep him out for six months.
“The specialist is very happy it’s started to heal itself already and we’ll probably expect a two to three week layoff for Reece which is better news than we first feared but it’s still a blow for the kid because he certainly anchored his place in the team and was playing very, very well.
“It’s an opportunity for Lee (Smith) and I felt he did really well for us in his first game back last week. That apart we have no major injury worries and not too many bumps and bruises.”
Agar says losing his captain is bound to harm the Wildcats.
“A big blow because he’s been a very good presence for us and he’s got that line breaking ability and he’s really grown in stature into the captaincy.
“We’ve not got the biggest squad and to be fair we had a good run in the second half of last year where we didn’t get much so it’s part and parcel of the game and we’ll try and manage it best we can.
“We had to leave Frank (Mariano) out of the team because we felt some other guys deserved a chance but we haven’t seen him play since, the dual-reg hasn’t quite worked for us.
“Frank will come back in and we’ll pull Kyle Trout back in from Doncaster as well so both of those guys will be in contention for a spot in the 17 whether it be from the start of on the bench.”
The official 19-man squad will be revealed on the Wildcats website at 2pm tomorrow afternoon.
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