Lee Gaskell injury blow rocks Bradford Bulls as it is revealed he could be out for three months

Lee Gaskell – in action here against Castleford on the opening day of the season – picked up his injury in the first few seconds of Thursday’s game against Wakefield

Lee Gaskell – in action here against Castleford on the opening day of the season – picked up his injury in the first few seconds of Thursday’s game against Wakefield

First published in Sport
Last updated
Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , Bradford Bulls Reporter

Lee Gaskell has been ruled out for up to three months following the knee injury he sustained during Thursday’s win at Wakefield.

The Bulls stand-off went down in the first tackle of the game and scans yesterday revealed he had suffered medial collateral ligament (MCL) damage.

He will be sidelined for between eight and 12 weeks, dealing a major setback to Francis Cummins’ small squad.

Danny Addy filled the stand-off role at Wakefield following Gaskell’s departure and could now be set for a prolonged run alongside Luke Gale.

Head coach Cummins, who is also scouring the market for potential new recruits, said: “We are bitterly disappointed for Lee, it is a big blow for us and that goes without saying.

“Injuries are very much part and parcel of our sport and Lee has been very unlucky, getting injured from the kick-off.

“However, on a positive note, we have a great medical team in place here and I know he is in good hands.

“With the right type of rehabilitation, I am confident he will be back in time to complete the majority of the season.”

It was revealed yesterday that 23-year-old Gaskell had suffered a grade-three MCL tear, which leaves him in a set brace for almost a fortnight.

Head physio Dan Ramsden said: “We are aiming to have Lee back in eight weeks, that is the plan, but these things can take time.

“His brace will be fixed at a 30-degree angle for seven to 11 days, with us gradually moving it.

“After a month it will come off and the rehabilitation will begin.

“We are hopeful of a pain-free recovery for Lee, before getting him back into running and skills.

“The final stage will be full contact and I reckon he has a great chance of making a speedy recovery, given his age and fitness levels.”

Comments (15)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

8:35am Sat 22 Feb 14

Bowlingboy says...

Is it now time to make some signings?
Is it now time to make some signings? Bowlingboy
  • Score: -9

8:45am Sat 22 Feb 14

Videoref says...

Bad news-really feel for the lad. I felt he would do well for us and relaunch his career with Gale over the season. A big blow to the club and the player.
Good luck for a speedy return to fitness
Bad news-really feel for the lad. I felt he would do well for us and relaunch his career with Gale over the season. A big blow to the club and the player. Good luck for a speedy return to fitness Videoref
  • Score: 15

9:38am Sat 22 Feb 14

THEMANOFSTEEL says...

Def need to bring a half back in have plenty of time to do it
We won't bring anybody in
Will be addy at no6 then maybe another 2nd rower or something
Def need to bring a half back in have plenty of time to do it We won't bring anybody in Will be addy at no6 then maybe another 2nd rower or something THEMANOFSTEEL
  • Score: -4

9:40am Sat 22 Feb 14

bully4us says...

BowlingBoy. We can't sign anyone other than month loans till we are fully ratified. The RFL need to get everything sorted out quickly so Franny can bring in the players he has targeted.
BowlingBoy. We can't sign anyone other than month loans till we are fully ratified. The RFL need to get everything sorted out quickly so Franny can bring in the players he has targeted. bully4us
  • Score: 1

10:06am Sat 22 Feb 14

Bowlingboy says...

bully4us wrote:
BowlingBoy. We can't sign anyone other than month loans till we are fully ratified. The RFL need to get everything sorted out quickly so Franny can bring in the players he has targeted.
lets all hope that it gets sorted Monday,
and we can sign some players then....
[quote][p][bold]bully4us[/bold] wrote: BowlingBoy. We can't sign anyone other than month loans till we are fully ratified. The RFL need to get everything sorted out quickly so Franny can bring in the players he has targeted.[/p][/quote]lets all hope that it gets sorted Monday, and we can sign some players then.... Bowlingboy
  • Score: 2

10:36am Sat 22 Feb 14

raisemeup says...

I feel sorry that LG has suffered such an injury when he was showing the stability he needed to be the good player he is. Once again the blight on the game are the long term cruciate and ligament injuries. Hasn't the message become clear to the powers that be that they need to clean up the tackle techniques that allow 3 and 4 man tacklers to turn players on their backs, which unquestionably is partly responsible for a number of these potentially career threatening injuries!
For example Olivier Elima has received a 4 match ban for a cynical pulling back of a players legs, that could have resulted in one of these injuries.
The question is if they do recognise the seriousness of this type of offence isn't about time that the RFL did something tangible about the things that are likely to cause it?
What sort of a message does it send out to the young players that wish to start out in Rugby League.
We need to look at the situations that create unnecessary injuries a lot more pro-actively than we do now. I am not advocating a mamby pamby approach, just more of a sensible, way of the rulings to attempt to get to grips with the problems.
I feel sorry that LG has suffered such an injury when he was showing the stability he needed to be the good player he is. Once again the blight on the game are the long term cruciate and ligament injuries. Hasn't the message become clear to the powers that be that they need to clean up the tackle techniques that allow 3 and 4 man tacklers to turn players on their backs, which unquestionably is partly responsible for a number of these potentially career threatening injuries! For example Olivier Elima has received a 4 match ban for a cynical pulling back of a players legs, that could have resulted in one of these injuries. The question is if they do recognise the seriousness of this type of offence isn't about time that the RFL did something tangible about the things that are likely to cause it? What sort of a message does it send out to the young players that wish to start out in Rugby League. We need to look at the situations that create unnecessary injuries a lot more pro-actively than we do now. I am not advocating a mamby pamby approach, just more of a sensible, way of the rulings to attempt to get to grips with the problems. raisemeup
  • Score: 1

10:57am Sat 22 Feb 14

NG1972 says...

Isnt that a surprise jaz goes LG gets injured. Addy is no SO we need to sign a SO.Hopefully after monday we will be in a position to sign players. Ive heard brett seymour being mentioned but he is a SH.
Isnt that a surprise jaz goes LG gets injured. Addy is no SO we need to sign a SO.Hopefully after monday we will be in a position to sign players. Ive heard brett seymour being mentioned but he is a SH. NG1972
  • Score: -6

11:47am Sat 22 Feb 14

Arhmen Noleg says...

raisemeup wrote:
I feel sorry that LG has suffered such an injury when he was showing the stability he needed to be the good player he is. Once again the blight on the game are the long term cruciate and ligament injuries. Hasn't the message become clear to the powers that be that they need to clean up the tackle techniques that allow 3 and 4 man tacklers to turn players on their backs, which unquestionably is partly responsible for a number of these potentially career threatening injuries!
For example Olivier Elima has received a 4 match ban for a cynical pulling back of a players legs, that could have resulted in one of these injuries.
The question is if they do recognise the seriousness of this type of offence isn't about time that the RFL did something tangible about the things that are likely to cause it?
What sort of a message does it send out to the young players that wish to start out in Rugby League.
We need to look at the situations that create unnecessary injuries a lot more pro-actively than we do now. I am not advocating a mamby pamby approach, just more of a sensible, way of the rulings to attempt to get to grips with the problems.
Great post.
Yes it is high time indeed.
Last thing the Bulls needed,He"s still to be paid for3 months which is half the season gone.
With a replacement to be paid aswell.
What shocking luck but what a great result without Sammut and Gaskell at stand off.
Kearney can he play that role?And the emerging Addy whose world cup as excellent
[quote][p][bold]raisemeup[/bold] wrote: I feel sorry that LG has suffered such an injury when he was showing the stability he needed to be the good player he is. Once again the blight on the game are the long term cruciate and ligament injuries. Hasn't the message become clear to the powers that be that they need to clean up the tackle techniques that allow 3 and 4 man tacklers to turn players on their backs, which unquestionably is partly responsible for a number of these potentially career threatening injuries! For example Olivier Elima has received a 4 match ban for a cynical pulling back of a players legs, that could have resulted in one of these injuries. The question is if they do recognise the seriousness of this type of offence isn't about time that the RFL did something tangible about the things that are likely to cause it? What sort of a message does it send out to the young players that wish to start out in Rugby League. We need to look at the situations that create unnecessary injuries a lot more pro-actively than we do now. I am not advocating a mamby pamby approach, just more of a sensible, way of the rulings to attempt to get to grips with the problems.[/p][/quote]Great post. Yes it is high time indeed. Last thing the Bulls needed,He"s still to be paid for3 months which is half the season gone. With a replacement to be paid aswell. What shocking luck but what a great result without Sammut and Gaskell at stand off. Kearney can he play that role?And the emerging Addy whose world cup as excellent Arhmen Noleg
  • Score: 4

12:36pm Sat 22 Feb 14

bully4us says...

I doubt we will bring in a SO. He could be back in 8 weeks as he is young. Addey seems to be the favourite to fill in. How about Kearney at SO. If Blythe had been fit I would shove Henry at full back as he has played there before and he looks big, can tackle and takes it up eagerly.
I doubt we will bring in a SO. He could be back in 8 weeks as he is young. Addey seems to be the favourite to fill in. How about Kearney at SO. If Blythe had been fit I would shove Henry at full back as he has played there before and he looks big, can tackle and takes it up eagerly. bully4us
  • Score: 3

2:50pm Sat 22 Feb 14

garygary50 says...

if you want to earn huge dollars just working on laptop for a few hour.its not a difficult work just copy and paste procedure, you wanna do this work plz open this link and make good future you and your childs..... get this information through this website........
http://x.co/3wGfs
if you want to earn huge dollars just working on laptop for a few hour.its not a difficult work just copy and paste procedure, you wanna do this work plz open this link and make good future you and your childs..... get this information through this website........ http://x.co/3wGfs garygary50
  • Score: -12

9:10pm Sun 23 Feb 14

bradfordbronco says...

NG1972 wrote:
Isnt that a surprise jaz goes LG gets injured. Addy is no SO we need to sign a SO.Hopefully after monday we will be in a position to sign players. Ive heard brett seymour being mentioned but he is a SH.
Its easy to state "we need to sign a stand off" can you please suggest one who is available and one that we can afford. Also what will happen to that person once Gaskell is fit.

Lets look at the options within the squad 1st.
1. George on wing, Foster Full back and Kearney Stand off
2. Addy Stand off, Donno at loose forward.
3 Addy at Stand off, Diskin at loose. Give O'Brien Full 80mins at hooker

Don't forget Ferguson and Blyth will soon be fit, No need to look elsewhere just yet!!
[quote][p][bold]NG1972[/bold] wrote: Isnt that a surprise jaz goes LG gets injured. Addy is no SO we need to sign a SO.Hopefully after monday we will be in a position to sign players. Ive heard brett seymour being mentioned but he is a SH.[/p][/quote]Its easy to state "we need to sign a stand off" can you please suggest one who is available and one that we can afford. Also what will happen to that person once Gaskell is fit. Lets look at the options within the squad 1st. 1. George on wing, Foster Full back and Kearney Stand off 2. Addy Stand off, Donno at loose forward. 3 Addy at Stand off, Diskin at loose. Give O'Brien Full 80mins at hooker Don't forget Ferguson and Blyth will soon be fit, No need to look elsewhere just yet!! bradfordbronco
  • Score: 3

12:21pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Loyalbull1981 says...

Anyone know a good replacement/??ooh wait I know one called Jarrod sammut. Haaaaa its so ironic, the coach that pushed him away could really now do with him. Haaaaa. Danny addy did well anyway so suppose he can cover
Anyone know a good replacement/??ooh wait I know one called Jarrod sammut. Haaaaa its so ironic, the coach that pushed him away could really now do with him. Haaaaa. Danny addy did well anyway so suppose he can cover Loyalbull1981
  • Score: -5

4:30pm Mon 24 Feb 14

flashdonut says...

bradfordbronco wrote:
NG1972 wrote:
Isnt that a surprise jaz goes LG gets injured. Addy is no SO we need to sign a SO.Hopefully after monday we will be in a position to sign players. Ive heard brett seymour being mentioned but he is a SH.
Its easy to state "we need to sign a stand off" can you please suggest one who is available and one that we can afford. Also what will happen to that person once Gaskell is fit.

Lets look at the options within the squad 1st.
1. George on wing, Foster Full back and Kearney Stand off
2. Addy Stand off, Donno at loose forward.
3 Addy at Stand off, Diskin at loose. Give O'Brien Full 80mins at hooker

Don't forget Ferguson and Blyth will soon be fit, No need to look elsewhere just yet!!
Better optin is Kier on wing and Foster at SO. Foster played all his junior RL (including Saints academy) in the halves.
[quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NG1972[/bold] wrote: Isnt that a surprise jaz goes LG gets injured. Addy is no SO we need to sign a SO.Hopefully after monday we will be in a position to sign players. Ive heard brett seymour being mentioned but he is a SH.[/p][/quote]Its easy to state "we need to sign a stand off" can you please suggest one who is available and one that we can afford. Also what will happen to that person once Gaskell is fit. Lets look at the options within the squad 1st. 1. George on wing, Foster Full back and Kearney Stand off 2. Addy Stand off, Donno at loose forward. 3 Addy at Stand off, Diskin at loose. Give O'Brien Full 80mins at hooker Don't forget Ferguson and Blyth will soon be fit, No need to look elsewhere just yet!![/p][/quote]Better optin is Kier on wing and Foster at SO. Foster played all his junior RL (including Saints academy) in the halves. flashdonut
  • Score: -1

9:30pm Mon 24 Feb 14

bradfordbronco says...

flashdonut wrote:
bradfordbronco wrote:
NG1972 wrote:
Isnt that a surprise jaz goes LG gets injured. Addy is no SO we need to sign a SO.Hopefully after monday we will be in a position to sign players. Ive heard brett seymour being mentioned but he is a SH.
Its easy to state "we need to sign a stand off" can you please suggest one who is available and one that we can afford. Also what will happen to that person once Gaskell is fit.

Lets look at the options within the squad 1st.
1. George on wing, Foster Full back and Kearney Stand off
2. Addy Stand off, Donno at loose forward.
3 Addy at Stand off, Diskin at loose. Give O'Brien Full 80mins at hooker

Don't forget Ferguson and Blyth will soon be fit, No need to look elsewhere just yet!!
Better optin is Kier on wing and Foster at SO. Foster played all his junior RL (including Saints academy) in the halves.
Good point, although almost every SL player would have played their junior rugby in the Halfs or loose forward or hooker. If they were good enough to eventually make the grade they would have been the best payers in their junior clubs so unlikely to be stuck on the wing.

Perhaps a back three of George, Kear and Foster wouldn't be strong enough to bring the ball out of their own half. Maybe the answer is to move Kearney to the Halfs and find a strong running full back. Easier said than done though
[quote][p][bold]flashdonut[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bradfordbronco[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]NG1972[/bold] wrote: Isnt that a surprise jaz goes LG gets injured. Addy is no SO we need to sign a SO.Hopefully after monday we will be in a position to sign players. Ive heard brett seymour being mentioned but he is a SH.[/p][/quote]Its easy to state "we need to sign a stand off" can you please suggest one who is available and one that we can afford. Also what will happen to that person once Gaskell is fit. Lets look at the options within the squad 1st. 1. George on wing, Foster Full back and Kearney Stand off 2. Addy Stand off, Donno at loose forward. 3 Addy at Stand off, Diskin at loose. Give O'Brien Full 80mins at hooker Don't forget Ferguson and Blyth will soon be fit, No need to look elsewhere just yet!![/p][/quote]Better optin is Kier on wing and Foster at SO. Foster played all his junior RL (including Saints academy) in the halves.[/p][/quote]Good point, although almost every SL player would have played their junior rugby in the Halfs or loose forward or hooker. If they were good enough to eventually make the grade they would have been the best payers in their junior clubs so unlikely to be stuck on the wing. Perhaps a back three of George, Kear and Foster wouldn't be strong enough to bring the ball out of their own half. Maybe the answer is to move Kearney to the Halfs and find a strong running full back. Easier said than done though bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

9:33pm Mon 24 Feb 14

bradfordbronco says...

Loyalbull1981 wrote:
Anyone know a good replacement/??ooh wait I know one called Jarrod sammut. Haaaaa its so ironic, the coach that pushed him away could really now do with him. Haaaaa. Danny addy did well anyway so suppose he can cover
If Jarrod wanted to play for the Bulls he would still be with us. Nobody pushed him out. He wanted more money than we could afford so off he went to Wakefield. No doubt he will jinx them also and they'll be admin within 12 months
[quote][p][bold]Loyalbull1981[/bold] wrote: Anyone know a good replacement/??ooh wait I know one called Jarrod sammut. Haaaaa its so ironic, the coach that pushed him away could really now do with him. Haaaaa. Danny addy did well anyway so suppose he can cover[/p][/quote]If Jarrod wanted to play for the Bulls he would still be with us. Nobody pushed him out. He wanted more money than we could afford so off he went to Wakefield. No doubt he will jinx them also and they'll be admin within 12 months bradfordbronco
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree