Sutton updates

Date published: Monday, July 12, 2010

BIG prop Luke Sutton, who hasn’t played since he damaged a knee in the game against Blackpool at Whitebank on June 6, hopes to be back in a Roughyeds jersey in the next two or three weeks.

His comeback will considerably strengthen the front-row at the vital business end of the season, but coach Tony Benson and the club’s medical staff don’t want to rush him and are keen not to make the mistake of bringing him back too early.

He is thought to have tweaked a cruciate ligament, but the injury is not as bad as was first feared.

“Initially, it looked a bad one,” said Luke. “They were talking of the possibility of my being out for the rest of the season, but as the days went by it began to ease off a lot and it later became apparent that it was responding well to treatment.

“I’ve been carefully working my way back over the last few weeks and I’m happy to say that I’m running again now and if I continue to make steady progress I should be back in the next two or three weeks.”

Craig Robinson and Matty Ashe didn’t play in the Swinton game due to knocks, while several more players were reported to have picked up injuries in the bruising encounter with the revved up Lions.

They included Gregg McNally (hand), Neil Roden (foot/shin), Marcus St Hilaire (groin), Lucas Onyango (ankle), Paul O’Connor (neck) and Valu Bentley (back).

There are no Championship or Championship One games next weekend because of the Northern Rail Nines at Fylde on Saturday and the Northern Rail Cup final between Widnes and Batley at Bloomfield Road on Sunday.

Roughyeds are in the Nines with a tough group that also includes Featherstone, Barrow and Sheffield.

Each of the injured players will be assessed as the week goes on before Tony names his squad to represent the club in Saturday’s Nines.

Tickets for the Nines at cut-price rates are available at the Roughyeds office in Lansdowne Road, Chadderton, which is open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm.