Wildcats stand-off Paul Sykes is expected to return against Widnes tonight after initially been told he fractured his skull in the defeat against Warrington less than two weeks ago.
The 31-year-old’s fears were allayed just days later after a second opinion proved the head injury wasn’t as bad as first feared.
Sykes scored two tries against the Wolves to take him to 99 for his career and could reach the landmark 100 touchdowns at the Stobart Stadium this evening (kick-off 8pm).
Wakefield’s chief goal kicker missed the 66-6 victory over the Stags last weekend and he explains what happened against Warrington.
“I went for a barge over try and I must have caught a knee or a boot or an elbow on the side of the head and I just thought it was a bang on the head.
“I’m not too bad, I went straight to A & E after and got a couple of scans and the initial thought was I had a fracture then I got a second opinion and there was no fracture there so I am ready to go.
“It took me a couple of days to get over it, I had a bit of swelling but everything is fine.
“I was a bit worried when I went to A & E for a scan but it’s just one of those things, you’ve got to get on with it and a couple of days after I got some more results that there wasn’t a fracture so that was more positive news.”
Sykes is set to be reunited with half-back partner Tim Smith while another eight first-team members could return in Cheshire with the former Bradford man hoping last week’s rest will prove beneficial.
“Having a week off I feel a bit refreshed, a couple of the boys had the weekend off playing and we just want to get back to winning ways.
“We’ve been unlucky in a lot of our games we’ve played and we’re not that far away, we have to keep plugging away.
“We need to tighten a few areas up in the middle of the park defending. We’ve been working on that and hopefully we can put that out there against Widnes and get the two points.”
The number six has been a model of consistency since arriving from Odsal and has scored in his previous 32 games for the Wildcats. In fact, the only game he hasn’t registered a point was his debut against London.
It will be the first time Sykes experiences the revolutionary i-pitch this evening and he is looking forward to it as well as the possibility of reaching a century of tries.
“It is going to be a fast pitch, I’ve not played on it yet so it will be a first experience for me. I like fast pitches so it should be a good game.
“It would be nice to get and tell your kids (on scoring 100 tries) but it doesn’t play on my mind, I just go out there and play the best I can.”
Wildcats under 19s are also in action at Widnes and provide the curtain raiser to the first team game. The match kicks-off at 5.30 so why not set off early and cheer on the future Trinity stars?
Tickets tonight’s game are available on the turnstiles at the Stobart Stadium priced at £22 adults, £15 concessions and £13 juniors so make sure you head over to Cheshire and cheer on your red, white and blue heroes.
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