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Chester Confirms Johnstone Blow

Chester Confirms Johnstone Blow

Wakefield Trinity boss Chris Chester has confirmed winger Tom Johnstone will not play for the club for the rest of the season. The youngster scored a hat-trick of tries during Friday’s Super League win over Catalans Dragons as Trinity won 34-22.

He extended his tally for the year to 24 but suffered a knee injury and scans have confirmed it is nothing serious.

Johnstone picked up an anterior cruciate ligament injury last season but Chester insists he still has a chance to play for England, although his domestic season is over.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “Scans have proved the ACL is all intact, there’s nothing wrong with that. He has deep bone bruising, that’s the only worrying thing on the knee.

“We’ve only got two games left and he will miss the next two weeks, but hopefully it doesn’t put him out of the internationals.

“It would be tough on him to miss out two years running. Before he got his ACL last year we had a call from Kevin Sinfield to say he was in their thoughts for the mid-season Test against Samoa.

“Hopefully this is nothing to keep him out for months and we are talking weeks.”

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