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Wharfedale's prospects being hurt by crippling injury problems
Coach Jon Feeley says he has never known an injury crisis like the one that is crippling Wharfedale’s hopes of a high SSE National League One finish.
Selection for Saturday’s trip to relegation-threatened Cinderford has been delayed to allow the club’s medical team more time to assess the fitness of a host of players.
Coach Jon Feeley, who missed Tuesday’s training session on the all-weather surface at Sandylands, admitted: “ I have never known a situation like it.
“We have virtually a full team of players with National League One experience either injured or on holiday.
“When you add to that the mud and the wet - conditions which negate our speed about the park - it is a very tough time for us.”
Last Saturday’s 17-7 home defeat by bottom team Hull Ionians was the low point of a season that has promised so much.
The front row continues to be the area causing the biggest concern.
Skipper Chris Steel was unable to return last week as planned due to his foot injury, while hooker Dan Stockdale has now joined the casualty list with a knee infection.
Fortunately, Luke Cole returned to action sooner than planned after a hernia operation and filled the hooking role against Hull Ionians after a four-month absence.
There is also good news about centre Christian Georgiou. He has recovered from eye surgery and will resume training.
Wharfedale are due to travel tomorrow night but their plans may be disrupted as the Cinderford pitch has been waterlogged in recent weeks and there is a poor forecast for the area.