Tom Johnstone: Wakefield winger to see specialist after ongoing concussion symptoms

Tom Johnstone
Tom Johnstone has had his career halted by knee injuries and is now sidelined with a head knock

England winger Tom Johnstone will see a specialist to assess ongoing concussion-related symptoms, says Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester.

It is a further blow for Johnstone, who has missed games with knee ligament injuries in the past two seasons.

“It doesn’t look great to be honest,” Chester told BBC Radio Leeds.

“He’s going to see a neurosurgeon, he’s still got symptoms, he’s still getting headaches after all this time.

“We put him on a bike a few days ago and straight away he got some headaches. We’ve just got to try to get him through this tough period that he’s going through at the minute.

“We’ve got a lot of good staff here and Stu [Dickens] in player welfare is working with him pretty closely, but at the moment we’re being led by people more intelligent than me.”

While Chester admits he does not know what the specialists will say about any timetable for a return, Johnstone will remain unavailable for “a minimum four weeks at least”.

“There are some real strict guidelines around it [concussion and head/brain injuries],” Chester added.

“It’s a case of ‘how long is a piece of string?’, which is tough on Tom.

“Fingers crossed we get good news on Monday. Tom is really down, disappointed and going through a tough spell but we’re pretty sure he’ll come through the other side.”


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