The amount of injuries suffered during the 2022 Super League season has been ridiculous to say the least.
Stars are being sidelined for weeks and even months at a time, and, with the pitches firming up in the summer, that list is only expected to get worse until the end of the season.
A few more casualties were found after the round of Super League fixtures just gone with Morgan Smithies pulling up for the Wigan Warriors before their game against Wakefield Trinity with a calf injury.
Leeds Rhinos were cut to ribbons with James Bentley pulling out before the game against Hull KR, as Bodene Thompson, Cameron Smith and Harry Newman had to be taken off with serious injuries.
Hull KR endured another tough night with Greg Richards and Shaun Kenny-Dowall being taken from the field whilst St Helens had Sione Mata’utia and Jack Welsby problems to contend with.
Jack Walker faced a heartbreaking issue with another foot issue for Hull FC whilst Warrington Wolves were decimated against Toulouse Olympique with Stefan Ratchford, Connor Wrench and Matty Nicholson taken from the field for Daryl Powell as Olly Ashall-Bott somehow limped on with a knee problem.
And, rumoured Hull KR target James Batchelor was seen leaving Belle Vue yesterday afternoon on crutches, though it wasn’t clear as to how that happened with the forward enjoying yet another stellar game against a top Super League side.
The curse of injuries doesn’t seem to be getting any better, but Wakefield will be hoping that Batchelor makes a speedy return especially with his brilliant form helping the club to almost Super League safety.
The Trinity academy product – and brother of St Helens star Joe – is widely expected to form part of Willie Peters’ new side at KR in 2023, and, if so, the Robins have a superb player on their hands.