Centre Chris Taylor has been ruled out of Whitehaven’s game against London Broncos on Sunday.

But the West Cumbrians should have Brett Carter back in the firing line after his recovery from a hamstring injury.

Taylor travelled up for treatment on Wednesday and reported that his knee wasn’t giving him as much trouble as it had on Sunday.

Assistant coach Jonty Gorley said: “It seems as though Chris caught his studs in the grass and there was weight on him from the tackle which caused the problem.

“He won’t be able to play this weekend but we are hopeful that he will be back in action fairly soon, within the next fortnight.”

Carter, who suffered the hamstring pull against his old club Workington Town on January 19, was in full training on Wednesday and should be ready to resume in the capital.

So, as well as Taylor, Haven will be without Glenn Riley and Connor Holliday when Gorley sits down with head coach Gary Charlton and fellow assistant Scott McAvoy to discuss the squad to travel.

Riley, who dislocated his knee cap against Town, trained on his own on Wednesday but was said to be limping afterwards and clearly not ready to return.

Holliday suffered a hamstring injury at Newcastle on January 11 and although he was working on Wednesday, and unable to train, is reported to be close to a return.

The Whitehaven party will train again tonight and will set off for London tomorrow lunchtime.

They will be staying in the Hemel Hempstead area, about 30 minutes from the Broncos ground.

Gorley said: “We know it will be a stiff test against a side who were in Super League last season and we hope that the lads have learned from Sunday’s defeat against Swinton.

“You can’t expect anything in rugby league if you have to do as much tackling in that game as we did, largely through coughing the ball up and having limited possession.

“We didn’t miss many tackles but keeping hold of the ball longer, and asking questions of Swinton, would have helped a lot.”