Bulldogs hampered by injury

BATLEY will have to ‘right the wrongs’ of the Easter period without Brad Day who broke his thumb against Featherstone in the Challenge Cup last weekend.

The injury comes as another blow to John Kear’s squad who are already missing key players Chris Ulugia and Alex Rowe when they welcome attacking minded Swinton Lions to Mount Pleasant on Sunday (3pm).

The second row forward will be out for five to six weeks following an operation on the injury on Monday and will miss Batley’s sixth round Challenge Cup tie at home to Catalans Dragons, which takes place the weekend commencing May 6.

Shaun Squires was another injury concern following last weekend’s Rovers win, but the centre is expected to feature against Swinton.

“It’s a big blow for us having Brad out, he also had concussion and hasn’t long returned from that,” said Kear.

“We’re not having much luck at the moment, we seem to pick up one new lengthy injury per week.

“I have faith in my squad though, we’re high on confidence again after our recent blip, I was delighted with the way the lads performed against Rovers and I’ll be looking for more of the same against Swinton.”

Kear insists the Lions will pose a severe threat and his Bulldogs side will have to be astute in defence if they are to take maximum points from the game.

“You can’t underestimate Swinton, they are high on confidence and have won some big games recently,” he continued.

“We will definitely have to be on our game if we are to right the wrongs of our Easter period.”

The Bulldogs squad can expect more intense training ahead of the Swinton fixture, as was the case before the win over Featherstone, as Batley aim to keep pace with Championship high flyers Leigh and London.

Elsewhere, Batley’s in-form winger Shaun Ainscough, the influential Dom Brambani and reliable Joe Chandler have all signed contract extensions to remain at Mount Pleasant.

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