Clay, Holmes in double whammyDate published: Wednesday, August 5, 2015
WITH the promotion battle heading for its zenith, Oldham RL have been hit by the news that right winger Adam Clay has broken two ribs and may, at worst, not play again for up to six weeks.
To make it a double whammy for the League One leaders, left-winger Jack Holmes’s strained foot will keep him out of Sunday’s trip to Hemel Stags (2.30pm kick off) and possibly the next game at Newcastle Thunder.
Clay is the Roughyeds’ top try scorer this season with 19 and Holmes is second in the list with 14.
Said coach Scott Naylor: “Only time will tell how long Adam (Clay) is going to be out. He’ll be ready to play again when he has no pain. That could be one week, or it might be six weeks. There’s just no way of telling.
“Everything depends on how much pain he is in, and for how long. He can only play when he can handle light training first, then contact work and then a full session.
“We’ll keep an eye on Jack (Holmes) but he might miss the next two games. He made it worse by playing on it against Keighley, after going down in the warm-up, but both he and I felt it was the right decision at the time in the best interests of the team.
“He was determined to play so as not to let down the lads who were lining up alongside him in a very important game. You have to admire him for that.”
On a brighter note, Naylor confirmed that centre Tom Ashton, out for more than three months with damaged knee ligaments, is fit and available for selection.
Assuming he will play, as seems likely, Naylor will require one more player from Tom Dempsey, David Hewitt, Will Hope, Richard Joy and Elliot Liku just to complete his 17-man squad numerically.
However, he said he might go further than that in the pursuit of squad rotation, adding: “It’s hard for the same lads to keep performing at their top levels week in and week out.
“There are benefits in allowing players to rest, freshen up and get over aches and pains which have accrued over a period of time.
“I’ll be looking to use the squad over the next three or four weeks, while all the time remaining focused on the requirement to win every game.”