Matt Diskin and Adam Sidlow appear set for lengthy spells on the sidelines after suffering serious injuries during yesterday’s 16-0 defeat at Hull KR.
Bulls skipper Diskin tore his calf and prop Sidlow sustained a suspected broken leg, with both men having to be helped off the field in clear discomfort.
Sidlow watched the second half of the match from the stands and travelled back to Bradford on the team coach but he was due to undergo an x-ray last night to discover the extent of the injury.
Head coach Francis Cummins said: “Disko has torn his muscle and Adam Sidlow will be going for an x-ray but it could be a broken leg – we’ll just have to see.”
The long-term absence of Diskin and Sidlow would represent another massive setback to Cummins’ small squad, which is already without Dale Ferguson (back) and Lee Gaskell (knee) for several more weeks.
The club’s ownership saga is continuing to drag on and Cummins said: “We’ve been here before but I’m not fretting over it as things don’t happen straight away.
“It’d be nice to have had it sorted within a week but that’s not the way it happens.”
Bringing in new players is critical if the Bulls are to beat the drop from Super League at the end of the season.
“I’m probably playing fantasy football because I don’t know if I can bring anyone in,” said Cummins.
“All I can do is concentrate on those boys. The change of ownership just needs to happen as it keeps going on and on.
“Hopefully it will be done soon and we can look to a brighter future.”
Cummins paid tribute to the character of his players and in particular their much-improved goal-line defence.
“We came up with errors with the ball in tough conditions but I can’t get past how hard they really worked for each other,” he said.
“With the amount of possession and field position Hull KR had, you are probably looking at it being a bigger score.
“But we’ve come up with some great try-saving tackles and held them up over the line too. We’ve got the desire and work ethic, we just have to play the conditions a bit.
“Adam O’Brien did a great job – and needs too as Disko will be out for a while. James Donaldson was outstanding again and that was the best Brett Kearney had played this year.
“I’m really glad for him as, by his own admission, he has been a little bit out of sorts. It was great to have Matty Blythe back too.”