Frayssinous pessimistic on Aiton prognosis

Catalans Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous admitted that the injury suffered by key hooker Paul Aiton in their opening weekend loss to Wigan “doesn’t look good”.

Aiton left the field after only 11 minutes of his debut on Friday night and the hooker, who missed the last nine matches of Leeds’ treble-winning season with a broken arm, will now go for scans to ascertain the extent of his latest injury – but Frayssinous is not optimistic.

“We don’t know if it’s his pec(toral) or bicep, or whether it’s a tear or a rupture, but it doesn’t look good,” he said.

Frayssinous admitted the horrendous playing conditions had come as a shock to his team – but said he was pleased with his players’ efforts.

“For the last four weeks it has been 20 degrees in Perpignan and we had to put water on the pitch so it was a bit of a shock, but I thought my players had a dig in poor conditions,” he said. “Last year in the same conditions, we lost 34-0.

“For the last 12 weeks we have worked hard with our defence and this is a good starting point.”