WARRINGTON are almost certain to be without Australian forward Trent Waterhouse for Sunday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup semi-final after he was taken to hospital with an eye injury during Monday night’s win over Catalan Dragons.
The former Penrith Panthers second-rower took a head knock half an hour into the win over the Dragons, and although he stayed on until half-time, he complained of blurred vision and was taken to hospital for treatment.
“He had bleeding in the eye. He’s had it before, not with us, but earlier in his career,” said Wolves coach Tony Smith.
“Our initial thoughts were that he’d be out for a couple of weeks but he saw a consultant yesterday who said it might well settle down.
“So we’ll keep that option open. We certainly won’t take any risks but we’ve been told not to rule him out entirely.”
The only player definitely ruled out of the cup tie is utility player Simon Grix, who has a torn pectoral muscle, while Warrington are monitoring Lee Briers’ progress as he recovers from an Achilles injury.
“We’re hopeful on Lee,” said Smith. “We’re trying to manage him this week in terms of his training needs. It’s an on-going issue for him.
“We’d like Lee to be there but it’s not the end of the world if he doesn’t make it.
“We’ve got some very capable young guys, as they showed at the weekend, as well as Richie Myler who is hoping for his opportunity.”
Briers needs two tries to register 150 touchdowns for Warrington with the club's all-time leading points scorer having reached his total of 148 in 396 games for the Wolves since 1997.
And 11 goals will see Briers reach the 1,000 points mark for his career.
Ben Thaler and Richard Silverwood have been appointed to referee the cup semi-finals.
Wakefield official Thaler will take charge of the semi-final tie between Leeds Rhinos and Wigan Warriors at the Galpharm Stadium, on Saturday (5.30pm), while Mirfield’s Silverwood will be in the middle for Sunday’s clash between the Giants and Warrington Wolves at the Salford City Stadium (5.30pm).
The Huddersfield Legends are running a coach to the semi-final with tickets £20 with a two-course meal or £10. Transport leaves the St Patrick’s Centre at 1.30pm and to book ring David Jakeman on 659632.