Roden on the mend

Date published: Thursday, May 10, 2012

NEIL Roden can see light at the end of the tunnel in his bid to regain full fitness after a serious thigh-muscle injury.
It’s five weeks and four games since the 31-year-old Oldham RL captain suffered a four-inch tear in the muscle at Rochdale on Good Friday.
A scan also revealed an unrelated knee injury.
“He is making steady progress and that is extremely encouraging,” said coach Tony Benson.
Roden isn’t used to watching from the dug-out, having played nearly 280 games for the Roughyeds — a record for the ‘new’ club.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been out injured for as long as this,” he said, “and I find it desperately frustrating.
“I’m not worried too much about the knee injury because I didn’t even know I had it.
“I’ve probably been playing on it for a long time and I would be prepared to do it again once my dead leg has cleared up.
“That’s the main thing. I can’t do anything until the thigh muscle is back to something like normal, but it’s definitely on the mend. I’m getting there.
“I can’t put a time scale on it, but I’m a lot happier than I was a couple of weeks ago.
“Once that’s right I’ll start to think about my knee. It doesn’t seem too bad and if anything needs doing I could always wait until the end of the season.”
Meanwhile, there are fears in the Roughyeds camp that unlucky prop Luke Stenchion might be out for two to three months as a result of the bizarre incident in which he bust a hand in last Sunday’s pre-match warm-up.
It was the Yorkshireman’s first game back after three months out with a broken thumb.
Said Benson: “He was unbelievably unlucky. He caught his hand in another player’s jersey during the warm-up. It got tangled up and he was in a lot of pain. It was a chance in a million.
“He had worked so hard to get back on the substitutes’ bench that he was determined to play. He did his best and did remarkably well in the circumstances.”
Stenchion had an operation on Tuesday when two surgical pins were inserted in the hand.
Added Benson: “We’ll know more in a couple of weeks, but with a fractured hand he could be out for two to three months.”
Roughyeds’ reserves entertain Keighley Cougars at Whitebank this evening (7.45pm) with a similar side to that beaten by Halifax, also at home, last week.
There will, however, be at least one change because young winger Ben Thompson, brother of back-row forward Alex, suffered a broken collar bone on his reserves’ debut against Halifax.