Roughyeds Update

Date published: Thursday, March 22, 2012

OLDHAM RL finally got some good news on the injury front today when Luke Stenchion was cleared to start training after two months out with a broken thumb.

He was hurt in the 22-22 draw at Whitehaven in a pre-season warm-up game in January and for most of the time since then he has had his hand in a plaster cast.

A specialist at Pinderfields Hospital, Wakefield gave him the good-news verdict.

“I was sweating a bit because I had been warned before hand that an operation couldn’t be ruled out,” said the former Batley and Dewsbury prop, who was a tower of strength in the Roughyeds’ front row over the second half of last season.

Coach Tony Benson expects Stenchion to be back in contention within a month.

“He’ll need a bit of time to do some rehab and some training, but this is great news for Luke, for the squad and for the club,” he said.

Benson will finalise at training tonight the party to travel to Whitehaven tomorrow for the third-round Carnegie Challenge Cup tie against Cumbrian amateurs Egremont (8pm kick off).

Centre Mark McCully is out because he can’t get time off work while several others will face fitness tests after picking up knocks in the 40-14 win over Gateshead Thunder.

Big prop Bruce Johnson, who didn’t play in that match, is likely to be back in the squad.

Added Benson: “I will pick my strongest available team. Anything less than that would be disrespectful to Egremont, but we also know we will face a really tough challenge.

“They have absolutely nothing to lose and they will regard it as their biggest game of the season.”