Whitmore broken-arm blow

Date published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013

DANNY Whitmore, Oldham RL Club’s on-loan half-back, broke his right arm in the first few minutes of Sunday’s 54-16 win against Gateshead Thunder at Whitebank.

He was in a lot of pain when he left the field with Roughyeds’ 12-0 down and only ten minutes gone, but the initial prognosis didn’t pick up the full extent of the injury.
He was taken to hospital for precautionary x-rays, but left with the arm in plaster; with an appointment at a fracture clinic next week; and with the prospect of a lengthy absence from rugby league.
He was at Whitebank on a month’s loan from Batley Bulldogs, but had played for his former club and hometown team for only 90 minutes — the full game at Hemel Stags on May 12 and the first ten minutes of the Gateshead game.
In normal circumstances he would have been eligible for two more games for Oldham — this Sunday’s visit of London Skolars to Whitebank (3pm) and the following week’s trip to Wrexham to take on league leaders North Wales Crusaders  (2.30pm).
Coach Scott Naylor was hoping that Batley would agree to extend Whitmore’s loan period, but with the player now facing up to six weeks or more  on the injured list all that will change.
Said Whitmore: “Gateshead had just scored their first try. They came roaring back at us down the slope. I went in to smash one of their big forwards and came off worst. I copped his elbow on my forearm.
“I carried on for a few minutes, but then I had to go off. It’s just one of those things, it’s the nature of the game.
“I’ll have to talk to Batley about it and take it from there. Perhaps I could come back to Oldham at a later date, but we’ll  just have to see what happens.”
Oldham chairman Chris Hamilton confirmed that, as the player faced several weeks on the sidelines, his loan period with the Roughyeds was now over.
He added: “It’s a blow for Danny and for the club because he did very well for us at Hemel (Oldham won 30-12) and he was playing well again against Gateshead before he was injured.
“Injuries do happen. They are part and parcel of the game, but in general terms we have been lucky so far this season as regards setbacks like this.
“We’ve just got to get on with it.
“Kenny Hughes did well at half-back last Sunday when Danny had to leave the field, but I’ve spoken to Scott (head coach Naylor) and we will see if there is anyone else knocking about to bring in.”