London Broncos, unbeaten at Griffin Park this year, will have to do without their most experienced Broncos player for the rest of the season.
Neil Budworth, who joined the club in 2002 and has played more games with London Broncos than any of his teammates, has been ruled out for the season and will require a knee reconstruction.
Budworth sustained the injury in the first half against Wigan last Saturday. He joins Lee Sanderson (season - knee) and Rob Purdham (six weeks - hand) on the long-term injured list.
Tony Rea has named his twenty man squad for Sunday's clash with Widnes and has included Mark O'Halloran. O'Halloran has missed all but the first game of the season having suffered a knee injury in the victory against Warrington.
Of the Budworth injury Rea commented:
"It's very disappointing for Neil. He had a very good off season and the year ahead looked very promising for him."
We're fortunate to have a couple of specialist hookers in the squad and we'll adapt accordingly."
Neil had this to say:
?I?m gutted. I was really enjoying our start to the season and looking forward to a great year ahead. I think we have outstanding potential as a team and I?ll still be playing my part to help out wherever I can.?
20-man squad as follows:
Armour, Bradley-Qalilawa, Dorn, Greenwood, Highton, Hopkins, Haumono, Kirkpatrick, Leuluai, Lolohea, Luisi, McLinden, Mbu, O'Halloran, Smith, Stephenson, Sykes, Tookey, Trindall, Wells (three to be omitted)
Tonight the Broncos segment on BBC London 94.9fm will start at 9pm and not the usual 8.30 timeslot.
Mark Church will give an in depth analysis of the Wigan victory and (if he can talk) tell us how he very nearly lost his voice at GP last Saturday night. Jon Wells and Luke Dorn will be special studio guests.
To get involved with this new programme segment, Broncos fans need simply call 0207 224 2000, text 07786 200 949, or email [email protected] to have their say and add to the debate on the Broncos in Super League X.
Sunday's game against Widnes will be web-cast LIVE on BBC London but we strongly recommend you get your voice to Griffin Park.
Tickets for London Broncos v Widnes (3pm Sunday, 20th March) start at just ?12 for adults when booked in advance - 0871 222 1132. A ?2 booking fee applies per transaction not ticket purchase.Like