July Injury update

Date published: Wednesday, July 27, 2011

ROUGHYEDS’ injury woes could be eased this week with the return to full training of teenage centre Matthew Fogarty.

The highly-promising 18-year-old, a try scorer in the Roughyeds’ 40-20 win against Whitehaven on July 3, has been on the injured list since then, first with a damaged elbow and then a broken hand.

He was on the mend from elbow trouble when he hurt his hand at work.

“Matthew has been able to do limited training throughout his lay-off,” said coach Tony Benson, “so it won’t take him long to be up to speed. We’ll be checking him out later in the week to see where he is up to in terms of full fitness.”

Benson is confident that winger Shaun Robinson, centre Mark McCully and second-row forward Danny Bravo, who were all knocked about in the 36-14 win against Keighley, will be fit for Sunday’s clash with Workington Town at Whitebank (3pm).

McCully and Bravo received treatment for facial gashes after a clash of heads, while Robinson took a blow to the head from an opponents’ knee while making a try-saving tackle near the end of the game.

“It wasn’t as serious as it first looked,” said Benson. “We took him off, but it wasn’t long before he was itching to get back on the pitch again. At that stage of the game, and with another tough one coming up this weekend, there was no point.”

He said long-term casualties Bruce Johnson, David Ellison, Chris Clarke, Lucas Onyango and Mick Fogerty were all working hard to get back as quickly as possible, but none was ready for an early return.

Prop-forward Johnson, suffering from an injury in which finger ligaments have become detached from the bone, is doing as much training as he can but he is likely to be out for at least two more weeks.

Fellow prop Ellison, who suffered a severe dislocation of the elbow against Whitehaven three and a half weeks ago, will see his consultant on Friday for x-rays in the hope that he will have his plaster-cast removed and will be able to start rehabiliation.

Clarke (broken wrist) must keep his cast on for another four weeks, but hopes to be available for selection for the final game of the regular season at Workington on September 4.

Onyango, out for seven weeks with a ruptured Achilles tendon, will be set to start rehab this week and hopes to be ready for action by the end of August.

Centre Fogerty, who smashed a knee in the defeat at South Wales in mid-May, has started running again, but looks to be still several weeks away from a return to full training.

Despite the length of the club’s casualty list Roughyeds have won four of their last five games and go into Sunday’s clash with Workington on a high and determined to make it 12 wins from 14 outings in all competitions on home soil so far this season.

Their unbeaten home run stretches back to March 27 — when Swinton won here 68-24 — and comprises wins against London Skolars, Rochdale, Doncaster, South Wales, Whitehaven and Keighley Cougars.