Carter offers update on Wakefield trio after accident

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats chairman Michael Carter has said that Richard Owen remains in hospital following an off-field incident at the weekend – with Chris Annakin’s comeback from injury also impacted.

Owen, Annakin and club captain Danny Kirmond were in a road traffic accident over the weekend, which saw all three men taken to hospital and kept in overnight.

And Carter has revealed Owen is set for another couple of days in hospital following an arm operation, and although the other two have now left hospital, they have suffered injuries.

Club chairman Michael Carter said: “Richie is still in hospital. He has had an operation on an arm, but he should be out of hospital in the next two or three days.”

Regarding Annakin, Carter said: “I think Chris was in line to make his comeback [from a knee injury suffered last month] against Castleford on Friday, but it has blown that one.

“He is out of hospital and he has not had an operation as such, but he has had his hip put back into place and he’s had some work done on his ankle as well.

“There’s no prognosis at the moment how long any of them will be out of action for.

“Kirmo is out of hospital as well. He has got a deep cut to his ankle and it looks like it may have caused some damage to a tendon, but they’re not sure how severe.”

Carter insists he remains in talks with police to discover the nature of the incident and the details surrounding it, with a clearer picture expected later this week.

“I’m liaising with the police and trying to find out exactly what happened. By the end of the week we should have an exact idea of what went on.”

And with the club still struggling with huge injury problems, Carter has promised fans they will be able to name a team for Friday’s game against Castleford.

“I have spoken to Chezzy (coach Chris Chester) and all the other boys have returned to training. Training has gone as well as can be expected. Chezzy is hopeful we’ll have two or three players back and we will have 17 players on Friday, one way or another.”