OLDHAM RL Club’s injury problems are easing with the possibility that Danny Langtree, Danny Grimshaw and Adam Files could all be available for the clash with Sheffield Eagles.
Coached by Mark Aston and Keith Senior, Eagles come to Bower Fold on Sunday (3pm kick-off) after scoring eight tries and putting 46 points on Bradford Bulls in a remarkable performance away from home.
Roughyeds, meanwhile, smashed Batley Bulldogs 28-12 despite having only 17 available players, including dual-registration youngsters Liam Johnson and Tyler Dickinson from Huddersfield Giants.
“To get anything out of the Sheffield game we’ll have to play just as well as we did against Batley,” said coach Scott Naylor, who confirmed that Giants will again make players available to him this weekend.
He added: “I’ll be speaking to Paul Anderson (Giants coach), as I do every week, and we’ll decide then what is the best way forward for both clubs.”
It remains to be seen whether teenagers Johnson and Dickinson will again be involved after playing in each of the Roughyeds’ last three games.
Johnson (18), a back-row forward, filled-in at centre against Batley and scored Oldham’s second try.
He captained England at youth level and was in England’s Academy team against France last May.
Dickinson (19), who made his Giants debut against Leeds Rhinos at Headingley this season, replaced Jack Spencer as starting prop in the Batley game.
Naylor is also optimistic about the chances of Grimshaw, Langtree and Files throwing their hats into the selection ring.
Grimshaw hurt his ribs in the Swinton game; Files had a stomach bug last weekend; and Langtree pulled out of the warm-up prior to the Halifax game on Good Friday with a recurrence of a hamstring injury.
Said Naylor: “Files, Richard Lepori and Grimshaw were all a bit under the weather at training last night, but they’ll be fine by weekend.
“The same goes for ‘Grimmer’ (Grimshaw) regarding his ribs. It made sense not to play him against Batley, but it was a precautionary thing more than anything else.
“We expect ‘Langers’ (Langtree) to be okay as well, but we are looking at a few weeks off for Jon Ford, who has a knee injury, and Jack Holmes with his ankle problem.”