Featherstone hit by double injury setback

Injured Matt Nicholson is helped from the field in the second-half of last Sunday's game against Halifax. Picture: Bob Nunn.
Injured Matt Nicholson is helped from the field in the second-half of last Sunday's game against Halifax. Picture: Bob Nunn.
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Featherstone coach John Bastian will field his strongest available team in tomorrow’s (Sunday) game against Castleford at Big Fellas Stadium (3pm kick-off).

Stand-off Jack Bussey is set to return after missing last weekend’s 30-12 win over Halifax with a slight hamstring injury but Rovers will be without Liam Walmsley and Matt Nicholson who were injured in that game.

Bastian said: “Matt Nicholson is struggling with a knee injury. It was a nasty knock. He’s had an x-ray and there’s no break but he will have a scan next Monday to see what the extent of the damage is. You are always hopeful with a scan and we’ll see what happens and keep our fingers crossed.

“Liam Walmsley has a broken arm. It’s a clean break and he’ll be out for six weeks.

“It’s really disappointing for both players but they are both strong characters and, whatever the extent of Matty’s injury, they will get through it and they will come back stronger.”

Andy Kain (groin) and Kyle Briggs (knee) are both set to be missing again this weekend and Ian Hardman is doubtful.

“Ian Hardman took a bang to his rib cage against Halifax so he’ll be doubtful for Sunday,” added Bastian.

“He’s a player who is in form and hopefully in the next couple of weeks he’ll be back up and running.

“Andy Kain is having treatment at the moment. He’s had problems with it before, certainly last year, and it’s a recurring injury.

“We just have to monitor that and go steady with it. I think it could be a few weeks.

“With any soft tissue injuries and certainly round the groin area you’ve got to be cautious.

“Kyle Briggs is getting there. He had a bit more treatment on his knee last week at the specialist but there’s no damage on it.

“He had an injection from the specialist just to tidy up some areas and hopefully he’ll be fine and up and running in the next few weeks but when you’ve had that sort of injury you’ve got to be patient and make sure the player is right before he comes back.”