Wakefield face injury concerns

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Wakefield face an early-season injury crisis for their Challenge Cup tie at Leeds on Saturday, with only 16 senior players available for selection.

Peter Roe's thin squad of 21 has been depleted by the suspension of Ben Westwood and a series of injuries – the latest to the utility players, Graham and Neil Law, at the weekend.

Roe says he might have to bring in untried players from his Academy team for the tie at Headingley, although the forward, Tom Haughey, has volunteered to continue playing on the wing, as he did for part of the game at Halifax.

Leeds' situation is in marked contrast. They could have a fully fit squad, with their half-backs, Ryan Sheridan and Ben Walker, returning from injury and their Kiwi Test centre, Tonie Carroll, hoping for the all-clear after shoulder surgery.

They will, however, be without their only specialist hooker, following Matt Diskin's three-match suspension for use of the forearm off the ball in the defeat at Hull last Friday.

Widnes have appealed to their fans to identify the culprits in two incidents of throwing missiles. The new Super League club say they will ban those involved and pass on the information to the police. "We are determined to nip this in the bud," said a club spokesman.

The British second-row forward, Adrian Morley, is to start the Australian season with the Sydney Roosters as a prop. The former Leeds player has been selected in the front row for the season opener against South Sydney on Friday.

Leigh have come to the rescue of Swinton by letting them use Hilton Park free of charge for four matches this summer while Gigg Lane is being re-seeded. Swinton had hoped to use Salford's stadium, but their approach was unsuccessful.

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