Oldham Thursday Update

Date published: Thursday, May 3, 2012

OLDHAM RL skipper Neil Roden, out injured for the past month, could face several more weeks on the club’s casualty list.

A scan has revealed a four-inch tear in a thigh muscle he damaged at Spotland on Good Friday during the derby clash with Rochdale Hornets.

“That’s bad enough, but the scan has also spotlighted damage to a knee which may be an old injury or a new one related to the torn thigh muscle,” said Roughyeds coach Tony Benson.

“We won’t know the full extent of the knee injury until the specialist does more investigating, but I think its fair to say that Neil is facing a few more weeks on the sidelines”

Roden will be one of several players on the treatment table at training tonight.

Others include Paul Noone (ankle), Miles Greenwood (ankle), Paul Smith (hamstring) and Lucas Onyango (knee).

Full-back Greenwood will be keen to play against North Wales Crusaders at Whitebank on Sunday (3pm) because he lies joint third in the list of Championship 1 try scorers and will want to add to his tally against a Crusaders side that has the worst defensive record in the division.

Doncaster duo Tom Hodson and Lee Waterman lead with 12 and nine tries respectively, followed by Greenwood, Liam Campbell (Barrow) and Elliott Miller (Workington), each with six.

Paul Cooke (Doncaster) leads the goalkicking list with 19 — two more than Oldham’s Jamie Dallimore and Workington’s former Oldham halfback Carl Forber.

Rougheds reserves expect to put out a strong side against Halifax at Whitebank tonight (7.45pm kick off).

“It will probably include three or four from out of the first-team squad,” said Benson, “but don’t read too much into that.

“They will still be in contention for Sunday because they can easily handle a couple of games in four days.”