A FREAK training accident has put Sheffield Eagles’ winger Danny Mills on the sidelines with a dislocated finger.
Mills went for a high ball but an unpredictable bounce caught him off guard and caused the damage.
“Rugby balls are a funny shape and they can do that – Danny was unlucky,” said coach Mark Aston.
“We were just doing a little bit of extra work at the end of the training session when a high ball bounced back and smacked him on the end of a finger. Danny got a dislocation that came through the skin.”
The injury forced Mills out of the team for the 34-16 win over Toulouse Olympique at the weekend.
Aston added: “Danny was ready to play but the finger was sore and we decided we had to leave him out.”
Mills was replaced by Vinny Finigan, on loan from Bradford Bulls, who scored a try on his debut. “I like what Vinny does, he’s all over the place and he’s smart,” said Aston.
Aston will want to get Mills back as soon as possible because as a dual-registration signing Finigan could be called back to the Bradford squad at any time.
Eagles were also without Jack Howieson and Dane McDonald but both should be available to face Halifax at Bramall Lane on Sunday.