Wakefield Trinity could be without fullback Scott Grix for three months.
The Ireland international suffered a shoulder injury in Sunday’s win over Hull KR, and further examination has discovered both a tear and problems with his rotator cuff.
Grix will see a specialist on Monday to determine the course of action – but Trinity coach Chris Chester told League Express he could be set for surgery, meaning a three-month absence from the side.
“The most serious of the three lads who’ve dropped out of the squad this week is Grixy; he’s got a labral tear and some problem with the rotator cuff too,” he said.
“It’s hanging on, basically, the specialist says. He sees another on Monday and if we can manage it until the end of the year, then happy days. But if it’s one of those that is going to get gradually worse over time, then I think the best option is to get surgery done straight away. That would be a 12-week, three-month layoff so he’d be back for the last month of the season.
“Myself, Scott and the physio have sat down to discuss the best way to go about it. Grixy has had a couple of these before and I think we’re leaning towards that surgery route. But we’ll make a definitive call on Monday when he’s seen the specialist.”
Craig Huby and Ben Jones-Bishop are the other absentees from Chester’s 19-man squad to face Huddersfield in the Challenge Cup on Friday; their injuries are less severe.
Chester said of the duo: “Chubbs is just getting a week off because he’s got an ongoing thing with his knee, and Ben Jones-Bishop did something to his calf when scoring that long-range try on Sunday.”