Latest Injury Update

Date published: Monday, May 9, 2011

UNLUCKY John Gillam, the Oldham RL winger, is facing another injury lay-off after damaging ligaments in his left foot near the end of Saturday’s cup tie at Hull.

Initial fears that bones in the foot might have been fractured were allayed when the player was examined and x-rayed at the Royal Oldham Hospital on Saturday evening.

Playing only his second game after two months out with a facial injury that required surgery, Gillam was hurt in Lee Radford’s tackle three minutes from the end of the tie at the KC Stadium, in which a depleted Roughyeds team was beaten 82-0 by the Super League outfit.

“My foot is the size of a rugby ball,” he said, “but I thought I had broken it so it was a huge relief when x-rays confirmed otherwise.

“Ligaments across the top of the foot are damaged, but I’m hoping I won’t be out of action for more than two weeks, three at the most.

“It happened when I was scooting from dummy half when we were under heavy pressure near our own try line. I went down awkwardly in the tackle with my foot underneath me. There was nothing wrong with the challenge. It was just one of those things.

“To happen so near the end in only my second game back was typical of my bad luck this season.”

It was also typical of the club’s ill luck over the last few weeks, Gillam’s injury following a freak accident in the warm-up before the previous game against Doncaster when his fellow winger Lucas Onyango ruptured an Achilles tendon which will sideline him for two months at least.

Hooker Danny Whitmore pulled out of the cup-tie squad on the morning of the game, suffering from a virus, to be replaced by Scott Mansfield.

It took to six the number of senior players ruled out by injury or illness, but coach Tony Benson expects two of them at least, Martin Roden and Neil Roden, to be fit for Sunday’s return to league action against South Wales Scorpions at Caerphilly RU Club (3pm kick off).

Andy Isherwood and Whitmore might also be available, but there are still doubts about Marcus St Hilaire.

Carl Forber, who was cup tied last Saturday, and Ben Heaton, who was at his brother’s wedding, will also be back in contention, but it isn’t known yet whether new signing Mick Fogerty will be ready to play his first game of the season or whether he will need more preparation.

Mark Brocklehurst will again be ruled out by suspension, while Benson won’t know whether he can recall Jason Boults after a one-match ban until the prop has this week made another appearance before the RFL disciplinary committee following his dismissal against Doncaster for retaliating to a high tackle.

He has been charged with a grade ‘B’ offence of ‘striking with the knee’.