Injury updates

Date published: Tuesday, June 22, 2010

LUKE Sutton, the Oldham prop, may need to see a specialist about the knee injury that kept him out of the side that beat Doncaster at Whitebank last time out.

Coming off the bench he gave strong performances in the wins at Workington and at home to Blackpool before complaining of problems with the knee. It was thought at first that he might have damaged the ligaments.

Roughyeds now report that the injury has responded to rest and rehab over the past two weeks and that Sutton is more optimistic about his chances of an early return.

Players are currently enjoying a few days off — their next game is at Gateshead on July 4 — but when they report back on Thursday evening he will be examined again by the club’s medical team to establish how much progress he has made and whether he needs to be looked at by a consultant.

Other players who have been carrying knocks are also getting benefit from the break in fixtures.

Martin Roden (ankle), Wayne Kerr (shoulder), Craig Robinson (groin) and Ben Heaton (thumb) are all expected to be cleared by the time the team travels to Gateshead on Sunday week.

Heaton’s damaged thumb is not broken as first feared — just badly bruised.