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Warrington Wolves count the human cost of their Grand Final defeat to Wigan Warriors
11:00am Monday 7th October 2013 in Wolves news
AS you might expect, a Grand Final takes its toll on the participating players.
And not just emotionally, because as well as dealing with the crushing disappointment of a second consecutive Grand Final defeat, most of Warrington Wolves’ players left Old Trafford nursing injuries of one kind or the other.
Joel Monaghan’s unfortunate head injury suffered while attempting a tackle on Pat Richards meant he spent Saturday night under close scrutiny, according to Tony Smith.
“Joel will have a scan tonight (Saturday) – he has had a pretty heavy concussion and out for a considerable amount of time and is getting taken care of by the best people available, who are doing everything possible to get him rushed in to where he needs scanning,” he said.
“It is more concussion the issue because he was out for a considerable amount of time, no sign of spinal issues,” he added.
Luckily Monaghan has since been given the all-clear, with Wolves releasing a statement saying: "Precautionary scans were carried out but Joel was discharged from hospital on Saturday night and given a clean bill of health."
Meanwhile Stefan Ratchford was seen wearing a boot on one ankle almost as soon as he left the field on around 50 minutes, the victim of a controversial tackle from Wigan’s Harrison Hansen.
Smith added: “Ratchford is not good – he has ligament damage in possibly one or both ankles.”
It throws his international availability for the England Knights versus Samoa clash into doubt.
Likewise Richie Myler, who was set for a scan over the weekend to assess the ongoing ankle and knee ligament injuries that had thrown his Grand Final inclusion into some doubt in the weeks building up to Wolves’ return to Old Trafford.
He left Manchester United’s home dressing room limping gingerly, as he did when leaving The Halliwell Jones Stadium a week earlier, but remained hopeful that he would be able to represent his country against Samoa at Salford City Stadium on Saturday, October 19.
“I’m struggling a little bit, I am carrying some niggles. I’m in the squad and hopefully I will be right to play,” he said.
Harrison had been putting off a hip operation until the season’s end.
Ben Westwood and Simon Grix both received stitches to head wounds in the doctors room next door to Old Trafford’s home dressing room, with Westwood telling reporters: “Just a clash of heads and there are eight or nine stitches in there, but I’m fine.”
Westwood, along with Chris Hill, flies to South Africa with the England squad today, Monday, as they make final preparations for the World Cup's opening weekend on October 26.
Grix, however, was less optimistic on his World Cup availability and admitted that his 'body was not in good shape’ after a match which had seen him take a considerable beating.
Ireland’s head coach Mark Aston will be hoping that Simon can recover in time for their World Cup campaign, considering he has already lost the services of the other Grix brother, Scott, for what is likely to be the whole tournament.
Updates are expected as the week progresses.
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