Key Widnes duo ruled out through injury

Widnes Vikings will be without captain Kevin Brown and centre Chris Bridge for two to three weeks after they picked up injuries in last week’s defeat to Warrington.

Both players limped off during their bitterly disappointing display against their local rivals, with Brown being pictured leaving the stadium on crutches after sustaining a blow near the end of the 48-16 defeat.

Directly after their fifth consecutive loss, Betts admitted that he was unsure just how severe the injuries were, but speaking to League Express the Widnes chief admitted Brown’s injury, in particular, wasn’t as bad as it could have been.

“We’re monitoring Kevin,” said Betts.

“But it isn’t as bad as first feared. Hopefully, he should only be a couple of weeks.

“Chris’ injury is just a calf strain he picked up early in the game. But we’ve had some good news on him, so like Kevin he should only be two or three weeks away.

“It’s not great, but it could have been worse. With Kevin, if someone does an ankle you stick a boot on them and get them to see a specialist or a doctor.

“Chris was a bit tight but he wanted to play against Warrington. We could have perhaps have brought Kevin off a little bit sooner just because it was a couple of games back after a hamstring, but it’s easy to say that now.”

Should both players miss three weeks they will miss some crucial games as the club looks to strengthen its grip on a top eight spot. Wakefield and Hull KR are next up for the Vikings in Super League, with their last 16 clash with Halifax in the Challenge Cup sandwiched in between.