Battling against injury

Date published: Wednesday, March 31, 2010

TWO of the Roughyeds’ bright young prospects are currently battling against injury and hoping for a change of luck

Hooker Austen Barrowclough scored three tries in the reserves’ friendly at Dewsbury . . . despite a shoulder injury on which he is waiting to have surgery.

And on his debut in a pre-season reserves run-out at Keighley, Barrowclough’s fellow front-row man Ben Marsden suffered a hairline fracture of the cheekbone which has kept him sidelined ever since.

“It has been a frustrating few weeks for Ben,” said chairman Chris Hamilton. “How unlucky can you be to get an injury like that in your very first game for your home-town club?

“He hasn’t done contact work yet, but he is getting closer and it shouldn’t be long now before he is back in action.

“As for Austen, he has been advised that he can carry on playing while he is waiting for his operation. Judging by his three-try performance at Dewsbury, the injury is not bothering him too much.”

The first-team squad trained on Monday and they will be in again on Thursday night to complete preparations for the derby clash with Hornets at Spotland the next day.