Ashton battling knee ligament damage

Date published: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
SCOTT Naylor is keen to hasten highly-rated Tom Ashton’s return to full fitness in his fight to overcome ligament damage in his left knee.

The 22-year-old former Sheffield Eagles centre was given the prognosis he feared most when a specialist at the Royal Salford Hospital talked to him about scan results.
Injured at South Wales Scorpions on April 19 in only his second game for Oldham, the powerful centre has suffered damage to both the medial and the anterior cruciate ligaments.
Surgery isn’t required to repair the medial ligament, but he may need an operation to mend the cruciate ligament.
Either way, he faces a long haul back and Oldham must come to terms with the fact that he isn’t going to be available for several more weeks.
Said coach Naylor: “Tom has to see his specialist again in a couple of weeks and, hopefully, the anterior cruciate will have settled down by then.
“That’s when he will get the final decision on whether surgery is needed and when he will be told how long he can expect to be sidelined for.
“Tom is anxious to get some firm answers to all his questions.
“It’s not unusual for players to damage these two ligaments, but it may be another two or three weeks before much progress can be made.
“Tom will continue to attend training sessions in the meantime.
“We need to look after him because whether he plays again this season or waits until next season I want Tom Ashton to continue to be an Oldham player moving forward — and, as soon as possible, I want him to be playing the sort of rugby he produced against Coventry Bears and South Wales Scorpions before he was injured.”
George Tyson, who also has a knee injury, didn’t train last night, but he can’t play anyway in the next two games against Keighley Cougars and North Wales Crusaders because of suspension.
Having been given last week off, Roughyeds players returned to training with a vengeance last night.
Tough, physical indoor and outdoor sessions were led by conditioner Kane Daniels, whose work has often been lauded by Naylor as the main reason for his squad’s outstanding stamina and fitness.
Added Oldham’s boss: “We took advantage of the blank weekend to give the boys a few days’ break because we are in action every weekend now until the end of August.
“We needed a tough session last night to get the boys back in the mood and there’s nobody better than Kane to lead a session like that.”