After leaving the KCOM Stadium field injured during the first half of Wakefield Trinity’s Friday night success over Hull FC, England winger Tom Johnstone has been ruled out for the rest of the season after suffering a second ACL injury over the last three years.
Johnstone, 23, starred last season for Chris Chester’s Wakefield team who finished 5th for the second successive season and earned international honours as well as a place in the Super League Dream Team. This year, he had scored six tries in five matches – including a superb hat-trick against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley – and was continuing his fine left-edge partnership with centre Bill Tupou prior to rupturing his ACL in his left knee. In 2017, he suffered the same injury in the right knee and Super League will be missing one of it’s most exciting players for the rest of 2019. It has been confirmed that the winger will be undergoing an operation in the near future and it is hoped he will be able to return for the start of the 2020 campaign.
Wakefield owner and chairman Michael Carter was understandably devastated for the wingman and passed on his best wishes to Johnstone. “I know he had his sights set on a fantastic season and a Great Britain tour at the end of it, and to be cruelly struck down for the second time in two years is incredible bad luck. Tom will get through this again, supported by some fantastic people around him,” he told the media following the confirmation of the injury. “I have been inundated with well wishes from Trinity fans, Hull FC fans and Rugby League fans in general who know how good Tom is and how much he will be missed this season,” Carter added.