Doncaster RLFC: Wilkinson blow ahead of derby clash

Richard Wilkinson
Richard Wilkinson

Doncaster’s exciting young half-back Richard Wilkinson is set to miss Sunday’s South Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Eagles and could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The scrum-half, who scored a try and set one up for winger Nev Morrison, injured his knee late in Sunday’s 44-32 Championship defeat at Keighley and left the ground on crutches.

“He’ll be seeing the physio and we’ll also get him to see a specialist if we need to, to see what the problem is,” said player-coach Paul Cooke.

“It is always concerning when a player’s knee buckles and there is no-one near him, as happened to Richard, because it can be serious and that’s what we need to get checked out.

“First of all it is really disappointing for the player, and he was feeling really down with himself yesterday and probably will be until he gets some results.

“It will be a big loss to the team if he is out for any length of time because he has worked his way up and will go into 2015 as the No 1 scrum-half at the club.”

With Danny Nicklas, who started the season as the club’s first choice scrum-half already ruled out for the season with a serious knee problem, Cooke could find his options limited in the coming weeks.

Super League club Hull FC, with whom the Dons have a dual-registration agreement, also suffered injury problems to their half-backs in Thursday’s draw with Castleford at the KC Stadium, and Cooke is unlikely to be able to call on out-of-favour Australian Jacob Miller this weekend.