Hughes,Cookson hopng to be fit

Date published: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
IT’S a long time since Scott Naylor enjoyed the luxury of picking from a fully-fit squad, but it might happen when he names his Oldham RL side to face Hemel Stags at Whitebank on Sunday (3pm).
Discounting long-term injury victim Adam Files, who has missed most of the season, Naylor is looking to have the other 25 players in his first-team squad ready to go and available for selection.
It all hinges on Kenny Hughes (ankle) and David Cookson (elbow), but both players are due to resume full training tonight after being restricted in recent weeks during rehabilitation. 
Hughes, who has had a great season as replacement hooker coming off the bench, damaged an ankle in the 46-6 win against Gloucester at Whitebank on July 13.
He left the ground on crutches and missed the next three games against York, Hunslet and London Skolars, but he hopes to be available by weekend, five weeks to the day since he was injured when making a tackle in the closing minutes of the Gloucester game.
Cookson, who normally plays centre to Mo Agoro, dislocated an elbow in the thrilling 24-23 home win against Hunslet Hawks on July 27.
He is said to be making good progress, having missed only one game — at London Skolars — and having had three weeks in which to recuperate.
If Hughes is fit, Naylor will have tough decisions to make relative to his choice of hookers, given that new-boy Gareth Owen and Brett Robinson have done well there in the last two games.
The Roughyeds boss also saw Danny Whitmore have a good game for the under-20s on Saturday, while Sam Gee, playing at loose-forward, ripped the Keighley defence to shreds to score three first-half tries.
With one loan spot available, Naylor might want to top up his squad in readiness for the play-offs, but he’ll have to move smartly because the deadline for Championship One clubs is this Friday.
Top-three rivals Hunslet have made their move, signing two forwards on loan in Luke Briscoe from Leeds Rhinos and Ross Peltier from Keighley Cougars.
They’ve also captured, for next season, York skipper Jack Lee, who will lead the City Knights against his future employers in Sunday’s top-two clash at the South Leeds Stadium.