York Knights look set to face a full-back headache this weekend.

And boss Andrew Henderson admits changes are likely to his squad for Sunday’s visit of Widnes Vikings (3pm).

The Knights return to home soil after the most remarkable of wins at Swinton Lions, but the high of the final result – which saw their hosts’ 22-point lead obliterated in 12 minutes late on – did not come without cost for Henderson’s side.

Full-back Will Dagger failed his HIA after a high tackle that saw Jordan Gibson shown a straight red card, whilst flyer AJ Towse appeared to have pulled his hamstring in the dying minutes as he looked to support Jordan Thompson and Joe Brown in a rapid break.

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Henderson explained: “[Dagger], he’ll be missing this week. We’ll also be missing a few others as well.

“We’ve got a few knocks to contend with, but that’s where we’re at. We’ll do our best to patch ourselves up and go again this week, but I can’t confirm at this stage who potentially will or will not be available.

“There’s likely going to be some changes to that team on Sunday.”

York Press: Dagger was knocked out and received a gash to the chin at Swinton last weekend.Dagger was knocked out and received a gash to the chin at Swinton last weekend. (Image: Craig Hawkhead Photography)

Captain Liam Harris could play his first minutes in three weeks after a shoulder injury suffered against Whitehaven, but the head coach is keen to take things one game at a time.

“It’s a week-to-week thing with Liam,” he continued.

“We’ll assess him this week and see if he’s ready to go. If he is, then great, but if not, then we just have to be a little bit more patient.”

Whilst powerful prop Franklin Pele, who crossed for his first Knights try last weekend, seems set to feature, Henderson will be without fellow Hull FC loanee Davy Litten, who has been recalled by his parent club.

With Dagger and Myles Harrison both injury doubts, Brown seems likely to switch from the right wing to full-back, the position that he took up for much of 2023, forcing another reshuffle amongst the Knights’ backs.

The head coach remained typically tight-lipped about a full-back headache, but conceded: “Potentially, yes.”