Tom Spencer sustained a right knee injury during the match against Hull KR on 12 February, and will see the specialist next week, at which point the extent of the injury and timeline of return to play will be better known.
Eddie Battye suffered a knee strain against Hull KR, and is currently in rehab. Battye should be back to full strength training in 1-2 weeks.
In good news, the club’s long term injuries are progressing better than expected – Api Pewhairangi is due to start full training in just over a week’s time.
James Cunningham has started some rugby skills, and is around 3-4 weeks from returning to full training.
Another 6-8 weeks away from training is Dalton Grant, who has started running on an alter G treadmill after rupturing his achilles tendon in mid-2016.
Michael Channing had a cervical spine fusion in December to repair a damaged disk, and has also started running on the alter G treadmill. He should return in late April/May.
Head coach, Andrew Henderson, although disappointed to not have Spencer and Battye available for selection this weekend, said the progression of the longer term injuries was very pleasing.
“Tom and Eddie have both been performing really well for us so far, so it’s unfortunate they both have been hit with injury just as they were getting into their stride. However, we have plenty of quality players within our squad who are ready. These players will now get a chance to step up and show their value to the team, and I’m excited to see what they will bring.
“Our long term injured boys have all progressed really well, which is a huge credit to our medical and strength and conditioning departments.
“They work tirelessly with the players, and it’s fantastic to have the boys recovering so well, and returning ahead of schedule.”