Tyson doubt for Tyneside trip

Date published: Friday, August 29, 2014
EXCITING young forward George Tyson is doubtful for Oldham RL Club’s big game at Gateshead on Sunday (3pm).
The 20-year-old back-rower, dubbed the ‘blond bomber’, is thought to have hurt a knee while training this week with his parent club, Salford Red Devils.
He wasn’t able to train with Roughyeds last night when coach Scott Naylor was still waiting to get the full details of Tyson’s injury from Salford.
Said Naylor: “From what I can gather he’s hurt a knee. I’m still waiting for the full report. He’s Salford’s player (on long-term loan to Oldham) so they will look after him and he will get whatever treatment he needs from them.
“As far as his prospects for Sunday are concerned, we will give him as long as possible, but we have to accept that he could be a doubt.”
Apart from long-term injury victim Adam Files, who has missed most of the season, everybody else is fit and available.
The 38-10 win against Hemel Stags last time out was one of the most impressive team performances of the entire campaign, but Naylor says that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be an unchanged side.
He said: “A few of the boys have not played for three or four weeks so they are in need of some game time at this very important part of the season.
“Before I name the side I’ll be giving a lot of thought to the overall picture, while recognising that we need to go up there and win.
“To get to where we are, we have done a lot of hard work over a long time.
“If we can beat Gateshead and then finish off with a home win against Gloucester we’ve got to be in with a chance of getting to where we want to be.
“Yes, two wins will cement second place but, equally importantly, two wins will see us head off into the play-offs on top note and full of confidence.”