Wakefield Trinity have already played once in pre-season with the traditional Boxing Day clash against Leeds Rhinos, but they’ve still got the big matter of Matty Ashurt’s testimonial match to come and Daryl Powell has offered an injury update two weeks out from the match.
Ashurst was awarded a testimonial by the RFL for services to the game and it’s set for Friday 26th January with Trinity to host Wigan Warriors, the two teams having agreed to a dual registration deal for the 2024 campaign.
That could see Wakefield’s already strong squad bolstered massively by the addition of some of Wigan’s finest young talent throughout the season, however for the time being Powell is focused on the health of some of his veteran stars.
Speaking on the club’s Youtube channel he addressed the key Boxing Day absences, revealing if they’d be fit for the clash with Wigan in a fortnight.
“Yeah well Mason (Lino) has been in full training for for a couple of weeks now,” Powell explained.
“Galey (Luke Gale) was suspended from last year and Jerry (Jermaine McGillvary) had an injury from an operation he had.”
As such it seems that Wakefield could flex their muscles and put out a strong side for that game, given the close proximity to the start of Trinity’s season when they play in the newly remodelled 1895 Cup.
The Trinity boss noted: “It’s ten days out from the start of the season. So, we’ll have everybody, anybody that’s available will be playing in that game.
“That’s a great opportunity for us to show where we are and it’s at home, which is class as well, I think it’ll be great for the fans to see what we’ve been doing all pre-season.”
One man who won’t feature though is Liam Kay, the utility having suffered an unfortunate injury earlier in pre-season that saw him have to undergo surgery.
Powell offered an update: “Look it happens in pre-season. He ended up, he stood on Mason Lino’s foot in training and he’s rolled his ankle which is disappointing.
“That’s his second operation, one at the end of the season and then he’s had one before the new season has even got going. He’s had a decent pre-season I think, he’s trained really well, he’s shown what he can do.
“He’ll be disappointed and he’ll miss a couple of months at the start of the season unless we can advance him a little bit. But yeah, disappointing but look, it is what it is, you get injuries, somebody has to slot in and do the job.”
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