Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have been boosted this afternoon with the news of the extent of Joe Arundel’s injury.
Arundel,24, was forced off the field against Sheffield Eagles on Friday evening in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup with what looked like a serious knee injury, but Wildcats’ Head Coach, Chris Chester was delighted with the outcome of the scan results this afternoon.
“We have just got the scan reports back today and it is not as bad as first feared”, stated Chester. “We are looking at him probably being out for around four weeks, there is a bit of damage to his posterior corner (knee), so we are confident that it is only going to be a three to four week layoff and not a couple of months which is positive news for us and for Joe.”
“It is disappointing to lose him as he has been playing well, but the good thing about this squad is that it is pretty healthy and there is competition for places. Ashley Gibson came into the squad last week and we have also got the option of Craig Hall playing in the centre as well.”
The Wildcats will soon be strengthened with the imminent return of Bill Tupou who has been sidelined for over a month with an ankle injury.
Chester continued, “We also have Bill Tupou in the mix, he has 50/50 chance for playing this weekend. We have had him re-scanned again and it showed a little bit of damage to his deltoid ligament in his ankle, but it is very, very minimal.
“He is going for a cortisone injection this afternoon and then he has to stay off his feet for 48 hours, so we will access him on Friday when he comes to training. If he is any good he will be in my thoughts for the game this weekend, but if he is still a little bit sore then we will leave him for another week.”