No Joy yet for Phil

Date published: Friday, February 21, 2014
OLDHAM RL will start their 2014 Kingstone Press Championship One campaign in South Wales without player-of-the-year Phil Joy.
Coach Scott Naylor has confirmed that prop-forward Joy (22), who has been struggling with a groin injury for several weeks, is still on a programme of intense rehabilitation.
He has no chance of playing against Scorpions in Maesteg on Sunday week, March 2 and he is unlikely to be ready for the first home game against Hemel Stags on March 9.
“I’m told he might be available for selection by the middle of March, but by then he won’t have done a field session with the squad for seven weeks,” said Naylor.
“Before we can think of throwing him in for his first game since last September he’ll need to be cleared to start training with the squad again and perhaps have a run-out with the under-20s.
“It will be nice to have him available for selection again, but in the meantime the other props will be pushing to keep their spots and we’ll have to look at how they are performing.
“In Phil’s case it’s hard to be specific about when he’ll be ready.”