MATTY Ashton is to miss a large chunk of the season after it was revealed he requires ankle surgery.

The full-back was injured during Saturday's win over Hull KR and he was forced to sit out tonight's Challenge Cup victory over Catalans Dragons, with Greg Inglis deputising at full-back.

In his post-match press conference, head coach Steve Price revealed the 22-year-old will now miss up to three months having damaged ankle ligaments.

"It’s unfortunate for Matt," the Wire boss said.

"He’s torn the inside and outside of his ankle ligaments so he goes under the knife on Tuesday.

"He’s still a young bloke though and has plenty of footy ahead of him."

Stefan Ratchford was replaced in the Wire side by Blake Austin after limping out of the warm-up.

Price confirmed he was keen to play but decided it was best not to risk the groin complaint that was hampering him.

"It flared up today," he said.

"He was keen to play – that’s Stef Ratchford’s nature – but he couldn’t get that push-off through his groin so we made the call.

"Austo had a couple of minutes pre-game, he threw the jersey and the boots on and off he went."

Daryl Clark also picked up a pectoral injury in the first half but played on for much of the game.

He will now be sent for scans to discover the extent of the damage.

"He copped it in the first 12 minutes of the game but played on with it," Price said.

"We’ll send him for a scan but hopefully it’s not too serious."

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