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Super League coach dismisses rumours about forgotten star

Mark Applegarth is hoping to deliver Wakefield Trinity’s first win of the season as they take on Hull FC this Thursday.

However, there is an injury blow for Trinity with Liam Kay out.

Applegarth gave an update on the versatile Kay.

“It looks like the wound that he’s got isn’t healing that well so we’re giving him a week off to hopefully settle it down,” he said on BBC Radio Leeds.

“It’s real red and it looks like it might have an infection so the smart thing to do is let it settle down.

“Even if he did play I’m not sure he’d be able to run properly given the stitching there.”

Meanwhile, asked about Tom Lineham’s ‘Road to Redemption’ Applegarth said:

“He’ll love that tag line. I think he played in round two and it wasn’t the best game for anyone as the scoreline suggests but after that he had a bit of a hamstring injury.

“Since then he’s kept his head down in training and played really well in the reserves game against Wigan a couple of weeks back.

“If he gets his opportunity Thursday then it will be well-earned.”

He also dismissed the rumours about Lineham which suggested he could retire:

“I think there’s a few that when they get to a certain age those questions come up, I think it was more about Tom having the chat with himself and if he wanted to do what it takes at this level.

“I’ve had no problems at all with Tom Lineham, in training all his testing shows up really well. I think he showed fastest in a 30 metre sprint test the other week and he’s been taking care of himself.

“He cares and he wants to perform, if he plays I’ll be looking forward to seeing him go.”

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