Rovers pair ruled out of opening match

Matty Wildie misses Sunday's game at Bradford.

Matty Wildie misses Sunday's game at Bradford.

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Featherstone Rovers will be without forwards Steve Snitch and Matty Wildie for Sunday’s opening Championship game at Bradford Bulls.

Snitch and Wildie both have knee injuries but centre Michael Channing has been cleared to play after being found not guilty at Tuesday night’s RFL disciplinary hearing after being charged with “running in and punching” in a pre-season match against Hunslet Hawks.

Colton Roche, who is sidelined with a hamstring injury, was handed a two-match suspension for the same offence in the same game.

Hooker Wildie, a close-season signing from Dewsbury, was stretchered off in the first-half of last Sunday’s warm-up match against Leeds Rhinos.

Rovers coach Jon Sharp said: “At this stage, Wildie’s injury is not as serious as we thought and hopefully he’s not going to be out as long as we’d imagined. We are waiting for the medical people to have a look at his knee and the extent of the damage.

“Steve Snitch has a similar injury and will be out for a further two or three weeks.

“With the injuries, we are going to have to play it differently because we’ve lost our hooker. We are going to have to make some adjustments there but hopefully it won’t be too disruptive.”

Sharp is set to announce his line-up tomorrow.

“There are probably two spots on the bench that are up for grabs but we’ll see how they train this week and we’ll make a late decision, probably by Friday,” he added.