MATTY Nicholson is set for a spell in the sidelines through injury, head coach Daryl Powell has confirmed.

The second rower was a surprise absentee from the Wire side for this evening's victory over Hull KR, with Josh McGuire moving onto the right edge in his absence.

Post-match, Powell confirmed the 19-year-old has damaged tendons in his finger and will require surgery and will be missing for around 10 weeks.

"He injured his finger last week – he’s ruptured his tendon at the bottom of his finger," he said in his post-match press conference.

"It needs an operation to repair the tendon, otherwise his finger will be stuck straight for the rest of his life.

"That’s going to be 10 weeks, so it’s a tough injury for him and for us but I thought Josh McGuire did a good job in the back row for us."

The Wire boss also ruled winger Matty Russell out of contention for next week's Challenge Cup trip to Catalans Dragons after he failed an in-game head injury assessment.

The winger was injured collecting a loose ball after Rovers' Mikey Lewis hit the post with a penalty and left the field with a large cut on his face.

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"It’s a bad cut on his forehead which he’s had stitched up – he’ll be out of next week," he said.

"He’s okay and is talking, but it was a fair whack to his head."