Mark Applegarth has his say on “unseen” Konrad Hurrell tackle after injury confirmed

As Wigan Warriors battle for the League Leaders’ Shield and Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves and Hull KR battle for play off spots, the most important battle is at the bottom for survival between Castleford Tigers and Wakefield Trinity,

But Wakefield have suffered a sizeable blow in the loss of Will Dagger who could be out for the season after what Mark Applegarth called an “unseen” tackle from Konrad Hurrell.

He has damaged his ligaments and Applegarth had this to say on the situation on BBC Radio Leeds: “He’s got some ligament damage, there’s no break.

“I think, as I said after the game, the reason I don’t like commenting on injuries like that is I don’t think there was any malice at all by Konrad Hurrell.

“I’m more aggrieved that I felt they were at least a penalty. Obviously, advantage went on and we knocked on, so I didn’t feel we got any advantage, it was more that I was frustrated with.

“I don’t think there was any malice off Konrad Hurrell, we’re talking half a second difference. When a guy is that size hits someone of Will’s size that there’s going to be a bit of damage.

“It could be a season still but we’ll have to play it by ear. There’s only what, two or three weeks left. The main thing is there’s no break but there’s a little bit of ligament damage so he’s in a bit of pain still with all that and he can’t move his shoulder freely at all.”

Despite this, Applegarth still has selection headaches:

“Max is back in contention so Max has trained all week so there’s your obvious replacement but Will’s a player that has played some big games for us this year and caused some big plays. It’s a big blow for that but it’s case of the next man up and you crack on, don’t you?

“Kelepi will definitely be playing, Kolepi will definitely be in and Jai should make it through but we’ll wait for the last minute to make a call on that one.

“Kelepi has trained all week, to be fair to him he’s been training for the last five weeks, we’ve just had to wait for medical clearance on his broken arm to make sure that¬† his radius has healed fully, which we got on Monday.

“He’s been chomping at bits to get back in ball. So, yeah, really pleased to get Max back and obviously Kelepi and then Jai will be 50-50 whether he gets through for Friday or not.”