Better news on injuries

Date published: Tuesday, April 8, 2014

OLDHAM RL boss Scott Naylor is keeping fingers crossed for a triple helping of good news on injuries when his players report for training tonight.

There were no obvious worries immediately after a physically demanding Challenge Cup defeat at Bradford Bulls — always a fear when part-timers put their bodies on the line against full-time professionals — but the picture will be clearer when the players have had 48 hours to see if they have suffered any reaction.
Centre David Cookson, out with a groin injury since the opening-day win at South Wales Scorpions on March 2, expects to be cleared to play this weekend.
He was in positive mood after watching the Bradford cup tie and looking forward to playing again, if not in the first team at Whitebank on Sunday against Gateshead Thunder (3pm kick off), then perhaps in a post-injury run-out for the under-20s, who are at home on Saturday to Halifax (2.30pm kick off).
Finally, Naylor is hoping for the best when he gets an update on hooker Adam Files, who has had an operation on the knee he damaged in training three weeks ago.
There is every chance that the Roughyeds coach could have 21 players available for weekend —- the full squad minus Files and Liam Thompson, who will be out for a few more weeks yet as he recovers from a serious facial injury.
Young back-row forward George Tyson had a promising debut at Bradford when thrown in at the deep end against the biggest and most experienced pack Oldham will come up against all season.
Paddy Mooney, another 20-year-old, worked hard at prop in a panel of ten forwards (including four subs) whose average age was 22 not counting Mark Hobson (27) and Jason Boults (30).
The three fit members of the senior squad who didn’t play in the cup tie were on-loan prop Alex Davidson and backs Steven Nield and 19-year-old Edwin Okanga-Ajwang, who will all be in contention for the Gateshead game.
Their hooker Nathan Powley has been charged with the grade C offence of making a dangerous throw against Gloucester All Golds, a case that is expected to go before the disciplinary committee this week.