Warrington are set to be without Chris Sandow for a prolonged period of time after suffering a grade two hamstring tear.
The exciting halfback suffered the injury early on in Warrington’s victory over Wigan on Friday, but not before assisting two tries.
However, the Wolves will have to learn to play without him for a while after scans revealed the extent of the damage, which was worse than first feared. Sandow will now get the advice of a specialist before the club will know exactly how long he is expected to be out.
It comes as a huge blow to the Super League leaders, with Sandow top of the try assist charts this year with 15 in just nine games.
“He’s had some scans and it’s a significant grade two tear in his hamstring,” said head of rugby and coaching Tony Smith.
“He’s going to see one the country’s leading experts in hamstrings. Until then we won’t speculate how long he’s going to be out, but this isn’t a week or two type of injury.”
Smith believes that his upcoming spell on the sidelines is not only a blow to his side, but the competition as a whole.
“He’s lit up the competition. If there’s been a better player in Super League this year then I haven’t seen him. He has lit up stadiums and TV screens. He’s caught the eye of many people. Some of the things he’s been able to produce have been breathtaking and it is a bit sad that he’s picked up this injury at this time because he’s been a pleasure to watch and a shot in the arm for Super League.”
It isn’t the first time Sandow has had hamstring issues. He spent a spell out last year at Parramatta with a similar injury before joining the Wolves.
Meanwhile, the club have received better news regarding Rhys Evans, who also was forced off against Wigan with a shoulder injury.
The centre has popped a bursa but is recovering well.
News on @rhysevans23 Not as bad as first thought. He has popped a bursa in his shoulder & is responding well to treatment already.
— Warrington Wolves (@wolvesrl) April 4, 2016