Warrington dealt big injury blow as new signing suffers broken hand

Fresh off the news that one of their NRL recruits, Josh McGuire, could face a minimum six-game ban, Warrington head coach Daryl Powell has been hit with another blow.

It’s been announced by Powell and the club on social media that Gil Dudson has suffered a broken hand and will therefore miss around four weeks of the new season.

It’s a huge blow to Warrington’s pack, a forward pack that they’ve invested in so heavily with both Sam Kasiano and Paul Vaughan also joining Dudson and McGuire through the door at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Regarding Dudson, Powell said: “He doesn’t need surgery but he has broken his hand, it’ll be four weeks in pot and he’ll be assessed when he comes out of pot.

“It’s just about getting his movement and stability back but it’s a little better than I expected initially.

“Obviously I didn’t want to lose him at all, he’s been class in pre-season. I thought he started strong against Leigh but it is what it is. You’re going to get injuries, we just have to deal with it.”

Whilst they face a wait to hear any news on McGuire, as reported here, there were also concerns regarding Dudson’s former Catalans teammate Sam Kasiano.

Powell quashed them: “He’s alright, he trained yesterday although he wasn’t flat out but he was good. He’ll be fine for round one, I thought he was phenomenal when he came on so I’m looking forward to seeing him get stuck into round one.”

Round One is just one week away with Warrington set to host Leeds Rhinos at the Halliwell Jones on Thursday 16th in the season opener.

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