“Thommo” set for early return

Date published: Wednesday, June 4, 2014
LIAM Thompson was back in full training with Oldham last night . . . 12 weeks and two days since he suffered facial fractures in the first home game of the season,
The talented 22-year-old might play half a game for the under-20s against the Royal Air Force at Whitebank on Saturday (2.30pm kick-off), but it’s more likely that his long haul back will begin in the second team at Keighley next Thursday night, June 12.
He was injured in the 20-20 draw with Hemel Stags on March 9 when he and Kenny Hughes clashed heads while tackling the same opponent.
The former England Schoolboys and Wigan Warriors academy loose-forward suffered three fractures in the area of his eye socket and upper cheekbone.
After getting over surgery he was able to do light training as part of his rehab, but the big break-through came last night when he was cleared to rejoin the squad in full contact work.
Said coach Scott Naylor: “The medical staff and Liam himself will decide when he is ready to play again, but it’s going to be sooner rather than later, probably next week.”
Adam Files, the other long-term injury victim, is due to have a scan on his damaged knee in the next few days.
It was a busy night in the medical room with Dale Bloomfield (thumb), Josh Crowley (shin) and Sam Gee (collar bone) all in for treatment.
Neither Crowley nor Gee trained and at this stage all three are doubtful for Sunday’s second of three league games against Hemel, this one away with a 2.30pm kick-off.
Keighley Cougars have confirmed that player-coach Paul March has joined Hemel on a month’s loan. Under the terms of his two-months stadium ban, imposed by the RFL, he is not barred from playing for anyone other than Cougars.
March told Keighley’s website reporter: “I’m 100 per cent committed to Cougars and the club knows that. I’m playing for Hemel to prepare me for my return.
“I will play for them on the weekends that Cougars don’t play — that’s June 8 at home to Oldham and July 6 away to Gloucester.”
Mo Agoro and Danny Langtree are rewarded for first-rate displays in Oldham’s 46-16 win against London Skolars with selection in the Kingstone Press Championship One team of the week.
Hunslet and Gateshead each have three players in the 13, Thunder’s trio including their two new signings, Lee Mapals from Hunslet and Louis Sheriff from Sheffield.
Top team: Sheriff (Gateshead); Agoro (OLDHAM), Watson (Hunslet), Maun (Hunslet), Mapals (Gateshead); Beharrell (Gateshead), White (Gloucester); Pelo (London Skolars), Farrer (South Wales), Francis (Gloucester), Oakes (Hunslet), Langtree (OLDHAM), Mbaraga (Hemel).