YORK City Knights look set to be without key players Matty Marsh and Brendan O'Hagan for this weekend's 1895 Cup final at Wembley Stadium.

Half-back O'Hagan has seen his debut year with York plagued by injury and he will also miss the Knights' clash with Featherstone Rovers at the national stadium through his quad problem.

The Australian had not played since the 30-6 defeat at Halifax Panthers a month ago and has played just four times in the Betfred Championship for York this year amid a sequence of injury issues.

Marsh has missed the last two games, against Newcastle Thunder and London Broncos, as he isolates amid coronavirus concerns and his return is most likely to come after the Featherstone game.

The news is a double blow for both the Knights and the respective players, who miss out on a once-in-a-generation chance to play at Wembley, York's first appearance there since 1931.

York will also assess forward Danny Kirmond this week after the former Wakefield Trinity captain tweaked his hamstring in Sunday's 50-22 defeat at London.

There is better news though for hooker Kriss Brining - another whose year has been marred by injury - as he looks in line for a return to full fitness in time for the time to the capital while prop James Green should also be available once more.

A start for Brining is not however certain given the impressive debut of Leeds Rhinos loanee Corey Johnson at the weekend.

Ford said: "I thought that he was good, especially when you factor in that he hasn't played for 18 months.

"Corey's deception was good and he was central to the game swinging back our way. It was just a shame that we couldn't keep him out there for longer because his legs and lungs went."

The defeat at London was York's fifth in a row in the league heading into Sunday's huge cup final.

"It would have been nice to go into the game on the back of a positive, but we just need to drag some positives out of this game and build some momentum in the week," said Ford.

"We'll formulate a plan for Fev and go after them as best we can."