DEWSBURY RAMS’ injury-plagued season shows no signs of improving as coach Glenn Morrison admits he will be without 14 players for the visit of in-form League One side York City Knights in the Challenge Cup fifth round tonight (Friday, 8pm).
The latest additions to Dewsbury’s lengthening injury list are Paul Sykes, who tore his hamstring in the defeat to Bradford last weekend, and Luke Adamson, who picked up an ankle problem in the same game.
Both their injuries are still being assessed and the duo’s lay-off period is not yet known.
Loan signing Etu Uaisele will also be unavailable against York due to being cup tied.
“We’re certainly not having much luck so far this season, particularly on the injury front,” said Morrison.
“I’m down to the bare bones, I think we have 19 players fit at the moment, so if we carry on like this I’ll struggle to field a team in the coming weeks.
“And it’s not like I have the option to rest players for the York game, they’re undefeated so far this season and look very strong, we’re going to have to be at our best but if we play somewhere near our potential then I’ll be confident.
“We can’t and won’t be complacent, they’ll give it their all as my players always do. I never dispute the work ethic of my team, they’ll be tackling hard again so I’ll just be keeping my fingers crossed that we won’t pick up any more knocks.”
The injury crisis at the Tetley’s Stadium has reached such a crisis point that Morrison was forced into starting players who weren’t fully fit against the Bulls last weekend.
But despite that Morrison’s men, who are currently eighth in the Championship, were still in the game at half-time and the Rams boss wants his side to build on the positives he saw in the opening exchanges.
“I was impressed with our performance in the first half against the Bulls, we took an early lead and I thought at the break we could go on and win the game,” he continued.
“But unfortunately we weren’t good enough after that and we have to hold our hands up.
“It’s hard getting consistency when you have so many players out through injury.
“When we get players back and partnerships start gelling I’m confident we’ll be able to put a winning run together.
“I’m confident we’ll come good, we always do.”