CATALANS Dragons' former Widnes Vikings second rower Matt Whitley is facing a lay-off after sustaining a neck injury in his side’s 24-8 defeat by Warrington Wolves in Perpignan on Saturday.

The 25-year-old, who left the field at half-time in the Super League Round 4 game at Stade Gilbert Brutus, has undergone scans to determine the extent of the injury and, although he does not need surgery, no time has been given for his rehabilitation.

A statement from the club said: “The MRI has shown a small injury in his neck that will mean he needs a period of treatment and rehab with the club medical team.

“His recovery will determine his availability.”