Wildcats head coach Richard Agar has been forced to make two changes to his 19-man squad to face Warrington on Sunday with Frankie Mariano and Kyle Trout in contention this week.
Prop Justin Poore is suspended after being found guilty of punching against Wigan last week while full-back Richard Mathers suffered a ruptured testicle and an ankle injury in the same game which rules him out.
Wildcats captain Danny Kirmond remains in the squad and is expected to feature against the Wolves after shaking off his knee complaint which made him miss the trip to the DW Stadium.
Sunday’s 3.30pm kick-off at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium is only the second home game in five weeks and Agar gives an update on the latest squad news.
“Richard Mathers has two injuries so he’s going to miss, Danny Kirmond will back and obviously we have Justin Poore suspended so we have a couple of blokes back available and we’re going to miss two.
“I think if we’ve got one place we cover really adequately in our squad it is full-back. Obviously Richie has been the incumbent for a long time and he hasn’t missed many games.
“Ben Cockayne is a really good full-back, Lee Smith has played a lot of time at full-back, Paul Sykes actually went there for a stint last week and we thought he did a really good job and Reece Lyne has had time at full-back as well so we’re not particularly worried. We will have a quality player at full-back whatever way we decide to construct our team this week.”
The Wildcats boss gave a more detailed prognosis on the vice-captain after Mathers underwent surgery on Monday night to save his testicle.
“I think both the injuries running concurrently are about 3-4 weeks but the biggest problem we have got at the moment is we have an inability to rehabilitate his ankle for a while until he is a little less tender I dare say. It has been a fairly eye watering experience just listening to what they’ve actually done to him.
“He’s pretty much off his feet and light duties for a couple for weeks until soreness and pain allows him to get back on his feet and do light running and things like that which of course doesn’t help him get back up and running with his ankle but there is a bit of unknown in it but I’d say it is about a month.”
The squad in full to take on Warrington:
2. Peter FOX
3. Dean COLLIS
4. Lee SMITH
5. Ben COCKAYNE
6. Paul SYKES
7. Tim SMITH
9. Paul AITON
10. Andy RALEIGH
11. Ali LAUITIITI
12. Danny KIRMOND
13. Danny WASHBROOK
14. Kyle WOOD
15. Kyle AMOR
16. Oliver WILKES
17. Frankie MARIANO
18. Kyle TROUT
19. Vince MELLARS
20. Reece LYNE
27. Chris ANNAKIN
Kyle Trout, Matty Wildie and Danny Cowling all started for Wildcats partner club Doncaster last night as Cowling opened the scoring for the hosts before Featherstone beat the Dons 28-12.
Dewsbury Rams pair Bobbie Goulding and Lucas Walshaw are both set to travel and face York City Knights on Sunday in the Kingstone Press Championship.
Wildcats have also teamed up with Oxford RL this season and the newly instated Championship One team host South Wales Scorpions on Saturday.
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