Dorn and Robertson blows for Broncos


7th August 2013

London Broncos have confirmed backs Luke Dorn and Michael Robertson will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery.

Full-back Dorn, who is out of contract at the end of the year, suffered a hip injury in last week's Super League clash against Leeds Rhinos and may now have played his final game for the club.

Winger Robertson missed the 30-18 defeat by the Rhinos with an elbow injury.

To compound the problems forward Scott Wheeldon faces a spell on the sidelines with a torn calf.

The injuries represent yet more bad news for the beleaguered Broncos, who are three points adrift at the foot of the table with just four games remaining, although coach Tony Rea remains positive.

Rea said: "It's not frustrating; it's the opposite. It gives a great opportunity for some other guys to come in. I can see the upside from it."

Dorn, 31, is in his second spell with the Broncos and has been linked with a return to his former club Castleford Tigers for next season.

The Australian first joined London in 2004 and stayed for three seasons before returning after short spells with Salford City Reds and the Tigers.

One positive update from London is that centre David Howell is included in the squad for Saturday's trip to St Helens after missing most of the season with an arm problem.

The 29-year-old broke his arm in the opening game of the season and his comeback in May was aborted after further complications.

Rea said: "He has needed to get back in some game time and it is an opportunity for him to get back in there."

With the season reaching its conclusion with little more than pride for the Broncos to play for, loan players Ryan Shaw (Swinton), Jacob Fairbank (Huddersfield Giants) and Rhodri Lloyd (Wigan Warriors) have returned to their parent clubs.

Rea said: "They've done a terrific job and proven themselves to be Super League players, (but) we'll have a look at some of our own over the next couple of weeks and reward their performances in the season and use the time to build."

Under-19s players Iliess Macani, Joel Wicks and James Woodburn-Hall have been included in the squad.

Rea said: "Their performances are knocking the door down to say 'Give me a chance in Super League', and they are doing it against players who have been given chances in Super League.

"If they continue to play well in the 19s they have to be given a chance to perform at the top level."