Liam Thompson update

Date published: Wednesday, April 16, 2014
LIAM Thompson, Oldham RL Club’s young loose-forward, fears he could be sidelined for another two months following surgery to repair a fractured cheekbone.
He’s already been out for six weeks after going down injured in a clash of heads with team mate Kenny Hughes during the home game against Hemel Stags on March 9.
He suffered three fractures under an eye socket and required an operation which involved the use of a metal plate to strengthen the repair.
“I’m feeling okay now and making good progress, but one side of my face is still swollen and I’m told that’s because it takes time for the plate to get bedded in properly,” said Thompson.
“If I hadn’t needed a plate I might have been playing again by now, but as things stand I could be looking at another two months.
“It’s difficult to be precise, obviously, but at best it’s going to be quite a few weeks.”
The talented 22-year-old has been dogged by bad luck since he followed Josh Crowley from Widnes Vikings to Whitebank in the autumn of 2012.
Unlike Crowley, who has played in each of the Roughyeds’ 30 games since he signed for the club, Thompson missed the early part of last season after an operation on a shoulder.
It took him a game or two to find his best form, but over the second half of the season he was one of the club’s best and most consistently sound forwards, winning several man-of-the-match awards.
A former England schoolboys and  Wigan academy prospect, he was looking forward to a good start in 2014, but he suffered this latest injury setback in only the second game.
Hunslet Hawks coach Barry Eaton has signed a two-year extension to his contract ahead of Friday’s Championship One top-of-the-table clash with unbeaten Oldham at the South Leeds Stadium (2pm kick off).
“He is doing an outstanding job on a limited budget,” said club chairman Neil Hampshire.
Oldham and Hunslet each have three players in the division’s Kingstone Press team of the week.
Dale Bloomfield, Kenny Hughes and Danny Langtree fly the flag for Oldham, while Jamaine Akadaire, James Houston and John Oakes represent Hunslet.
Top team: Morris (Oxford), Akadaire (Hunslet), Cowburn (Gloucester), Woodburn-Hall (London Skolars), Bloomfield (OLDHAM), Rowland (Oxford), Bradley (London Skolars), Houston (Hunslet), Hughes (OLDHAM), Ellison (Oxford), Langtree (OLDHAM), Oakes (Hunslet), Smith (London Skolars).
Oxford’s win at York was rated best team performance, while Oxford prop Dave Ellison, the former Oldham forward, was named top player.