Bradford Bulls' James Donaldson suffers injury blow

James Donaldson

Bradford Bulls back row forward James Donaldson faces six months on the sidelines after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament.

The 20-year-old injured his knee in the win over Castleford on 12 February.

The Cumbrian, who suffered a similar injury to his other knee in 2010, faces surgery later this week.

Bulls football manager Stuart Duffy said: "It's a big blow but James has overcome this kind of injury before and has the determination to do so again."

Injury-hit Bradford were aleady without Australian centre Adrian Purtell for six weeks because of a chest problem.

And they suffered a further blow in Sunday's heavy 54-16 home defeat by Wigan when they lost their main kicker, half-back Luke Gale, with ankle ligament damage just nine minutes in.

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