Injuries on the way back to squad

Date published: Wednesday, July 4, 2012

CHRIS Clarke, Oldham RL’s tough-tackling forward, is ready to play again after nine weeks on the injured list.

The 23-year-old prop or second-row man has targeted the next match against London Skolars at Whitebank on Sunday week, July 15 as the one in which he will make his long-awaited comeback.

“He’s itching to get back,” said coach Tony Benson, “and he came through training last night with flying colours.”

Clarke damaged a shoulder against North Wales Crusaders at home on May 6 and it took him five weeks to get over it.

He was ready to bounce back in the return game at Wrexham on June 10, but at training on the Thursday night before the game he was devastated when he pulled a hamstring on the last play of the night.

He hasn’t played since, having missed six games in a row spread over two months.

The fact that he is now back in full training and there are five more sessions planned before the next game will increase his chances of getting straight back in.

Tom Wood-Hulme is back at Whitebank after several months away, which included a short spell with Rochdale Hornets.

He played his first game of the season for Roughyeds’ reserves in their 60-14 trouncing of York City Knights and club-player talks are now taking place to determine whether he has a future at Whitebank.

With Terry Bridge also back in the fold; Chris Murphy fit after missing most of the season with a knee injury; and new-boy Callum Mulkeen showing up well in his first game on the wing, reserve-team coach Paul Ashton feels his squad is getting stronger at just the right time to make a push for the play-offs.