Files in fitness fight

Date published: Tuesday, April 15, 2014
LESS than three weeks after keyhole surgery on a damaged knee, Adam Files might win a shock call-up in Oldham’s top-of-the-table showdown at Hunslet Hawks on Friday.
“He’s certainly in with a chance,” confirmed coach Scott Naylor.
The 21-year-old hooker has missed the last three games and hasn’t played since the Tetley’s Challenge Cup win at Egremont on March 15.
It was on the following Tuesday night, while doing contact training, that he went down injured.
At first it was feared he might have had to miss a large chunk of the season, but the damage has proved to be less serious than the initial prognosis.
Fans who arrived at Whitebank in good time for last Sunday’s 52-16 win against Gateshead Thunder saw Files doing laps of the pitch under the guidance of club physio Lyndsey Watkins.
Added Naylor: “He’s worked very hard indeed on his rehab and he’s making a remarkably quick recovery.
“He’s had surgery to ‘clean out’ the knee, but the injury clearly wasn’t as bad as we first thought. He’s young, strong and fit and if he continues to progress at the same rate over the next two or three days he might be in line to play at the weekend.
“He did some training last Saturday and he was out running again the next day. We’ll be monitoring him daily.”
Naylor said it would be “great news” if Files were to be available for selection for potentially the toughest game in Oldham’s season.
As Kingstone Press Championship One’s only unbeaten side, Oldham are in second place, two points behind leaders Hunslet but with a game in hand.
* ORSA, the club’s supporters’ association, have joined forces with Higginshaw ARLFC to stage a Race Night at Higginshaw’s social club, St Stephens Street this Thursday, April 17 (7.30 for 8.00).
You can sponsor a race for £30 or a horse for £3.  Ring Sheila Somerville on 01706 844810.