Luckless forward Day suffers broken thumb

Batleys Shaun Squires attempts to set up an attack against Featherstones Will Milner in last Saturdays cup victory.
Batleys Shaun Squires attempts to set up an attack against Featherstones Will Milner in last Saturdays cup victory.

Batley Bulldogs forward Brad Day has suffered another injury set back after breaking his thumb in last week’s cup win over Featherstone Rovers.

Day had the thumb pinned earlier this week but has been ruled out for around five to six weeks having already spent a month on the sidelines with concussion.

The injury comes as another blow for Batley but coach John Kear remains confident in the strength of his squad to cope.

Kear said: “Brad missed a month with concussion and now this just after getting back.

“We are picking up injuries at the moment and they are not minor ones, they are all four to six week jobs.

“But we will soldier on, we have got a good squad and we trust in the squad we’ve got.”

Batley produced a terrific display to defeat Featherstone Rovers 28-10 in front of the Sky Sports cameras last Saturday and book their place in the last 16 of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, which is drawn today.

Kear was pleased with the way his side bounced back from successive Championship defeats and the Bulldogs return to league action on Sunday as they look to consolidate their place in the top four at home to Swinton Lions (kick off 3pm).

Kear added: “In four sets we scored four tries and we played some very, very high-quality rugby league. I was pleased with how they played.

“They rectified a lot of wrongs and a lot of poor habits which had developed over the last couple or three weeks.

“I took a gamble with our preparation, it was more physical than I would have made it normally with a six-day turnaround, but I felt I had to do it to rectify some defensive deficiencies. The result shows it paid off.”