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Locke could prove key for Wildcats

New Zealand international Kevin Locke could yet play a role in Wakefield's attempt to salvage their Super League status.

New Zealand international Kevin Locke could yet play a role in Wakefield's attempt to salvage their Super League status. Credit: Wakefield Wildcats

The World Cup final full-back sustained a ruptured pectoral muscle during the Wildcats' 58-20 defeat by Castleford on Sunday and was expected to be ruled out for the season but the club say the injury is not as serious as initially feared.

It is substantial but not as frightening as we thought on game day. Kevin has got a pectoral muscle on his chest attached to his arm that has been ruptured quite significantly. He is not going to be a very well boy for a little while at least. It looks like he would probably miss the remainder of the season. Kevin has been given a few options by the specialist that he saw in Manchester, one of which was to rehab the injured area over the next three weeks. That would mean he would be somewhere around the first and second game in the middle eights. At that point it will be determined whether that rehab allows him to function at a professional performance level. If that is the case we will go forward from there and hope that it works out for him.

– Wakefield coach Brian Smith

The 26-year-old Locke joined the Wildcats on a deal to the end of the season after securing a release from Salford and was injured in only his third game for them.

Wakefield play their last game of the regular season at Huddersfield on Sunday before entering the Qualifiers which will determine the make-up of Super League in 2016.