Lucs Onyango

Date published: Thursday, July 5, 2012

OLDHAM winger Lucas Onyango’s injury problems are causing concern.

Coach Tony Benson revealed today that he has been in and out of the side in recent weeks because of persistent aches and pains in his ankles, knees, back and hamstrings.

Said the Roughyeds’ team boss: “Lucas has a number of injuries affecting his legs and for a long time now he has constantly been having treatment or rehab, getting through a game and then starting the medical process all over again.

“We need to get it sorted once and for all so that we can get him back on track.”

He said club physiotherapist Rachael Johnson had been working with the player for weeks and had now enlisted help from the medical team at St Helens.

“She would like a second opinion before she gives Lucas another rehab programme,” he added.

The 31-year-old Kenyan, in his sixth season with the club, played in the last home game against Rochdale, but did not figure at Whitehaven last Sunday when his right-wing spot when to new on-loan capture Rob Foxen.

It isn’t known yet whether Onyango will be considered for the next game against London Skolars at Whitebank on Sunday week, nor will Benson know until nearer the time whether dual-registered players Daniel Smith and Colton Roche will be available.

Smith played at Whitehaven, but Roche was recalled by Leeds last weekend when his place in the Roughyeds back division went to David Cookson.

Said Benson: “It’s a week-by-week arrangement with dual-registered players. Since they’ve been with us from Leeds Rhinos, they were both recalled to play in the finals of the 9s competition and then Colton was needed over there last weekend.

“Hopefully, we’ll have them for the London game, but at this stage I can’t be sure.”

The under-18s are at home to Leigh on Saturday (2.30pm kick off).

Free transport to Whitebank will leave The Junction on Ripponden Road at 1.30pm and return straight after the game. Seats need to be reserved in advance — deadline 10pm Friday — on 633 2759.