Forward Jon Magrin looks set for a spell on the sidelines, but director Mark Aston is hopeful for better news on Josh Toole ahead of Sunday’s hosting of Toulouse.
Ex-Bradford powerhouse Magrin was forced off during the defeat to Featherstone last Saturday after receiving a cut to his lip, whilst Irish international Toole suffered concussion so he is a doubt for another tough examination against second-placed Toulouse.
Shaun Pick, try-scorer on Saturday, is another who has picked up a knock as Aston attempts to avoid another batch of injuries which have blighted his side’s season.
Magrin came in for praise from Aston in recent weeks, but it looks like an injury that will keep him out for weeks rather than days as Aston attempts to shuffle his options against a side who thumped Rochdale last weekend.
“It is a bad cut, so that will need some work,” Aston said of Magrin’s injury. “He’ll be out for weeks which isn’t good because he has been going alright.
“Shaun got a bang but I think he’ll be fine. It won’t be easy again this week. We are playing another good side and we will have a fight to get Josh right. We might have a chance with him because it is an eight day turnaround. It is a concussion injury so he will miss most of this week but the extra day might mean he’ll be okay. We will see, fingers crossed on that one.”
Toole has been unfortunate this season with a host of injuries keeping him on the sidelines and stunting the progression of one of Aston’s key performers.
Ben Blackmore was another who missed last weekend, whilst St Helens regular Jack Ashworth was held back by his parent club. Both have also been key figures this season for Aston.
Meanwhile, the club have confirmed that they will host a Community Day at this Sunday’s fixture at the Olympic Legacy Park (3pm,) with a host of schools and clubs given discounted tickets and the opportunity to be mascots for the day.