Potter: We need a miracle
Catalans coach Mick Potter is praying for help as his injury-stricken team prepare to face St Helens in the Challenge Cup Final.
By Hayley Paterson
Last Updated: 18/08/07 12:00pm
Catalans coach Mick Potter is praying for a miracle as his injury-stricken team prepare to face St Helens in the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final.
The Dragons boss is without four of his main men, including latest injury victims goalkicking winger Thomas Bosc and Aussie stand-off Casey McGuire.
Bosc could be out for up to five weeks with a broken arm, whereas McGuire, nursing a torn pectoral muscle, will join prop Mathieu Griffi, who has a torn quad, and Vincent Duport, who is still troubled by a groin injury.
"It will be a miracle if Thomas plays, he has still got his arm in plaster," said Potter.
"Casey McGuire has a little bit more of a chance but he's not even running yet. He will have a scan on Tuesday but I don't think he will make it,"
On the plus side, Potter is hoping forward Jerome Guisset, who is suffering with an Achilles injury, will be fit in time to face his former club Warrington in the Super League fixture.
Burly forward Sebastien Raguin has had to be utilised as a stop-gap centre and is also likely to take on the makeshift role again.
Warrington are boosted by prop Paul Wood who avoided suspension following his dismissal in the 46-14 defeat at Hull.
But winger Stuart Reardon is ruled out for the season with a shoulder injury. Stand-off Chris Bridge and second rower Adrian Morley are eager to shake off knee and thigh injuries.