Whitmore blow

Date published: Thursday, July 12, 2012

Hooker Danny Whitmore has fractured a hand while training and may be out for at least a month.

He was injured in a practice match while trying to pick up a loose ball just as new on-loan signing Rob Foxen decided to kick it.

With his damaged hand in plaster, Whitmore doesn’t go back to hospital for three weeks.

Prop Luke Stenchion, who has a similar injury, and winger Lucas Onyango, whose legs and hamstrings are causing concern, are the only other casualties as coach Tony Benson ponders his line-up for Sunday’s home game against London Skolars (3pm).

Stenchion is expected back by the end of the month, but it isn’t known for how long Onyango will be laid up.

Like Stenchion, fellow prop Chris Clarke has missed a large part of the league season because of injury, but he has been cleared to play on Sunday against the Skolars with whom Roughyeds drew 20-20 when the sides clashed in London last April.

Said Benson: “Chris will be in contention, and that’s good news for him and the club. I’ll have more players to choose from than I have had for weeks.”

The squad will be in for training tonight and again on Saturday when Benson will finalise his line-up.

Mark Brocklehurst will be in charge of the reserve team at Sheffield on Saturday because coach Paul Ashton is unavailable.

The game will be played at Mount St Mary’s College (postcode S21 3YH) and will kick-off at 3pm.

It will be the Roughyeds’ first visit to this venue, which is situated near Spinkhill village, not far off the M1.

Fans from Oldham are adviised to leave the M1 at junction 30 and to take the A6135 signposted Eckington. After half a mile turn right to Spinkhill and Mount St Mary’s College.

The Junction Inn, Ripponden Road, will provide free transport to Whitebank for Sunday’s game, leaving at 2pm. Fans are asked to book as soon as possible on 0161 633 2759.