James Cunningham will undergo surgery tomorrow, after sustaining a labral tear in his left shoulder during pre-season. The procedure involves reattaching cartilage to stabilise the shoulder joint, and, dependent on the success of surgery, will see a return to play time of 3-6 months.
Michael Channing will also go under the knife, with a cervical spine fusion to remove a damaged disk. He is expected to make a full recovery, and should be available to play in six months.
In June, Dalton Grant ruptured his achilles tendon whilst playing for Dewsbury. He underwent surgery, and has gradually returned to training during the off-season. It is expected he will return fully in March/April.
A patella tendon rupture in August saw Api Pewhairangi out for the remainder of the 2016 season, however his rehabilitation is progressing well, and he should return to full training in February/March.
Matt Gee suffered a fibula fracture in pre-season training, but should be back in full training by January.
In good news, Matt Davis has returned to full training (after an earlier ACL reconstruction) alongside Mark Offerdahl and Ben Evans, who both had surgery in the off season.
Head Coach, Andrew Henderson, said: “Obviously, the news about Cunningham and Channing is disappointing, but at the end of the day, we play a contact sport and that’s part and parcel of the game.
“It’s for this reason we have a bigger squad this year (31 players), and have better strength in depth to be able to cover any injuries.
“On a more positive note, Matt Gee has only sustained a minor injury, and our two long termers (Pewhairangi and Grant) will be available early in the 2017 season.
“We have fantastic medical and strength and conditioning departments who work tirelessly to provide the players with the best support and rehabilitation they can, and we look forward to welcoming all the boys back to training when they’re ready.”