Right centre Ashton, who has scored in each of Oldham’s last two games, didn’t train last night because of a knee problem.
Hooker Files turned his ankle while training on Tuesday and is said to be doubtful for Sunday’s game at the Big Fella’s Stadium.
There is better news of Joy, who trained last night, completing most of the sessions after further
treatment on his dead leg.
Said coach Scott Naylor: “Phil will be better for training. We’ll see how he is later, but I’m confident he will be okay to play.”
For the fourth game in a row there will be no dual-reg representation in the Roughyeds’ line-up.
Partner club Huddersfield Giants still have a big injury list which discourages them from sending out players on loan or dual-registration.
Added Naylor: “Paul Anderson (Giants boss) has assured me that as players return from in.jury over the next couple of weeks, the situation will be a lot better.
“We certainly hope to make use of dual-reg when circumstances allow.”
Naylor will name his line-up at training tomorrow after completing final checks on Joy, Ashton and Files.
“I’m 80 per cent there,” he said. “But, as ever, I like to keep a couple of options open until the final session of the week.”.
Team (from): Lepori, Clay, Ashton, Bibby, Holmes, Palfrey, Grimshaw, Joy, Owen, Spencer, Hope, Langtree, Thompson, Gee, Ward, Hughes, Crowley, Roper, Ford, Files, Chisholm.