Latest injury report

Date published: Monday, April 4, 2011

INJURY-HIT Oldham RL Club hope to have experienced duo Neil Roden and Marcus St Hilaire back in action by the time they next take to the field against London Skolars at Whitebank on Sunday, April 17.

Stand-off Roden and centre St Hilaire, captain and joint vice-captain respectively, have been badly missed during a spell in which we have lost three of our first four Co-operative Championship One games to drop into the bottom three.

Prop Luke Sutton and teenage back Matthew Fogarty could also be ready by then, but it isn’t yet known whether winger John Gillam (recovering from facial surgery) will have been cleared to play by his consultant.

Said coach Tony B: “We’ve had to do it tough in recent weeks because of all the injuries, but we’ve a fortnight now in which to prepare for the visit of the Skolars and we expect most of the walking wounded to be back, including Neil (Roden) and Marcus (St Hilaire).

“With players like those two back in the side we will have a lot more direction, and I think its fair to say that there will come a time when we will look back on the experiences of the past few games and understand that, as a squad, we have learned a lot.

“We are certainly improving although I know that it won’t look like that to anyone who didn’t go to Keighley but who saw that we had conceded 40 points.”

Ben Wood damaged a thumb midway through the first half and didn’t take any further part in the game, but the full extent of the injury is not yet known.

Full-back Ben Heaton, back after missing two games because of tonsillitis, was knocked out in a harmless-looking tackle near the end of the game, but he quickly recovered in the dug-out.

Roughyeds Reserves, beaten 50-16 at Dewsbury on Friday night, play Halifax at Whitebank this Thursday (7.30pm kick off) in a rearranged fixture.

“I’ll be looking for a big improvement — and a massive reaction to our defeat at Dewsbury,” said coach John Hough.