Ward cleared to play

Date published: Wednesday, March 25, 2015
MICHAEL Ward, Oldham’s tackle-busting prop, has been cleared to play in Sunday’s iPro Sport Cup semi-final at Whitebank after being knocked-out at Barrow in the last round.

He didn’t play in the next match, the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup defeat by Sheffield Eagles, but he trained normally last night after being examined by a doctor and successfully completing tests which form part of the protocol associated with head injuries.
“He will be available for semi-final selection,” confirmed coach Scott Naylor as Roughyeds began their preparations for Sunday’s clash with North Wales Crusaders (3pm kick off).
Ward was laid out when tackled high by Barrow’s Dan Toal 11 minutes into the second half. He was assisted off the field and took no further part.
Oldham got a penalty and Toal was placed on report, but the RFL took no further action against him because they said the match DVD’s version of the incident was inconclusive.
Skipper Lewis Palfrey, who hurt a shoulder in the same game, suffered a recurrence in the Sheffield tie, but he is expected to lead the side as usual as Roughyeds strive to reach the final at Blackpool on May 23.
Said Naylor: “He didn’t train last night, but we’ll be monitoring his progress during this week and I’ll be surprised if he isn’t ready in time.
“Danny Langtree also did well to come through his first game of the season, after hamstring trouble, with no adverse after-effects.”