Ford passes fitness testDate published: Thursday, June 18, 2015
JON Ford — seven tries in seven games for Oldham this season — has recovered from a knee injury to give Scott Naylor more options when he picks his squad for Sunday’s League One derby at Swinton Lions.
The 21-year-old on-loan Salford Red Devils centre limped out of the North Wales Crusaders game on June 7 at half-time.
He missed the 64-0 win against Oxford, but a scan had already cleared him of knee ligament damage, revealing that the injury was restricted to bruising of the bone.
Ford has since passed a fitness test to the satisfaction of his full-time employers and he will resume training with Roughyeds tomorrow night.
“He’ll be available for weekend,” confirmed Naylor, who last night supervised a tough training session with the emphasis on defence.
The focus will switch to attack when the players are back in for their second hit-out of the week, after which Naylor will start to think about the make-up of his side to play at Sedgley Park in Whitefield (kick-off 3pm).
At this stage it appears that he will be picking from the 17 who put 12 tries past Oxford plus Michael Ward, new-boy David Hewitt and Ford.
The Oldham boss will go with the combinations which he believes will be best suited to face up to the Lions — a horses-for-courses selection policy from which he rarely strays.
The only two players who won’t be available to him are Steven Nield and Tom Ashton, both out with knee injuries.
Nield, injured at Keighley on May 31, is waiting for a scan, but there is better news of Ashton, who is now working hard on a rehab programme devised jointly by club physio Patrick Hoyte and conditioner Kane Daniels.
It was initially thought it would take six to eight weeks to get him back in full training, but there are now indications that he might be back sooner than that.
“He’s making good progress and with a bit of luck he could be back training with the full squad in three to four weeks,” said Naylor.
“When he’s back it will be like having another new player, given that he was injured in only his second game for us.”