YORK City Knights will be without a trio of starters when they make the trip to Barrow Raiders this weekend.

Winger Perry Whiteley - who scored two tries in York’s 25-24 victory over Bradford a fortnight ago - and back rower Sam Scott have suffered knee and groin injuries respectively which sees them miss the journey to the Cumbrian strugglers.

Coach James Ford was keen to stress that neither of the injuries are thought to be long-term, but they aren’t fit enough to make this weekend’s 19-man squad.

The pair join absentee Graeme Horne as unavailabilities, with Horne serving a one-match suspension due to a “dangerous contact” charge from last month’s trip to Batley.

Mike Kelly, Brad Hey and Joe Porter came in to the Knights squad as a result.

“Sam Scott has got a niggle around his groin area,” explained Ford of the injury situation.

“He hasn’t been able to train with us this week, but we’re hopeful that he will be back in training next week and he’ll be able to compete for his place in the team again.

“The injury is nothing major, it’s not a long-term injury.

“Perry Whiteley is out of the squad due to some swelling on his knee. We’ve been through the diagnosis on it and, like Sam Scott, it doesn’t seem to be long-term.

“It shouldn’t be an absence of a significant amount of time.

Ford is able to call upon the services of Liam Salter who seems to have recovered from the concussion injury that saw him taken off late in the Bradford match.

“Liam looks like he’s come through his head knock and we’re hopeful that he’ll be fit and available,” said Ford.

“There’s still paperwork to do on that. But, we’re pleased that he’s back in the squad.

“He played in his first contact session last night (Thursday), for the first time since the Bradford game. I think that shows the severity of his injury.”

The Knights are second in the Betfred Championship table currently, six points clear of six-placed Bradford, with five matches to play.

This weekend’s opponents Barrow are themselves in need of points as they sit in the relegation zone, three points adrift of safety.

Like York, they've got injury problems of their own. Jarrod Stack has joined Jono Smith, Danny Morrow and Dan Toal on the sidelines. Jamie Dallimore’s suspension and Lewis Charnock’s fractured jaw means that coach Paul Crarey will have to field a new pairing in the halves too.

Despite that, Ford believes the Cumbrians will serve up a tough test and stressed there will be no complacency from his side.

“For me, I think Barrow are a much better team than the league table would suggest and that’s the mindset that we’re entering the game with,” insisted Ford.

“They’ve got threats across the field. They’ve got a big pack of forwards with Ryan Duffy and Alec Susino. There is certainly a carrying threat there.

“They’ve got threats out wide too in the backs. Tee Ritson and Jake Spedding are good players who can hurt you out wide.

“We’ve prepared for Barrow the same as we would prepare for any game.

“We had a good result there in the Challenge Cup earlier this season, but it is a difficult place to visit as past results have shown.

“Even if we have beaten sides in the past, for me, I don’t think that impacts on anything when you come around to play them again some time in the future.

“The games that have been and gone won’t have a bearing on how the match plays.

“They will be after the points themselves to avoid relegation. I think that what makes the league such a great competition.

“They are battling for points in order to avoid relegation, like we are to get in the top five, as are many other sides in this league.

“It’s been a great competition this year and I think the fans and the sponsors have really got their money’s worth with the quality of play that we have seen.”

York squad: Marsh, Bass, Hey, C Scott, Oakes, Harris, Robinson, Teanby, Jubb, Blagbrough, Salter, Kelly, Spears, Brining, Dixon, Stock, Baldwinson, Porter, Jordan-Roberts.