Luke Gale has suffered an injury setback which will keep him out of action for at least another month.
The Bulls scrum half underwent surgery at the end of last season after sustaining an ankle injury while on duty with England Knights.
Gale had hoped to be fit for the start of the season but is now set for several more weeks on the sidelines.
Bulls coach Francis Cummins is reluctant to put any timescale on Gale’s comeback but said: “Luke has experienced some pain which has set him back. The most important thing now is to get him right again.”
Meanwhile, Curtis Naughton will be assessed again today after being stretchered off in the Under-19s’ home win over Wakefield last Thursday with a knee injury.
The teenage full back underwent initial X-Rays which were all clear before he was reass-essed by the Bulls’ medical staff and saw a specialist for an MRI scan yesterday.
It was revealed he suffered a tear of his lateral meniscus (cartilage in knee joint) and is due to have keyhole surgery this afternoon to investigate and repair if necessary.
It is hoped that a simple, small meniscal tear can be repaired during the operation and see him back in action within a month.
Meanwhile, James Donald-son and Adam O’Brien are expected to feature for Dewsbury again at home to Featherstone this weekend.
Both men played off the bench in Sunday’s 22-16 win at Doncaster, with O’Brien scoring two first-half tries.