CUP giant-killers Oldham have suffered a new injury blow only three days before Saturday’s sixth-round clash with Super League leaders Warrington Wolves at Bower Fold.
Prop Jack Spencer damaged a hand in Sunday’s superb 16-14 Championship win against Featherstone Rovers and has since learned that he has broken a bone.
He is likely to be out for six to eight weeks .
“He doesn’t need surgery, but that’s how long it is expected to take for the hand to heal,” said coach Scott Naylor.
“It’s another injury to deal with, but it is what it is — we just get on with the job.”
He can recall the rested Phil Joy, but he’ll still be light in the front-row because Joe Burke is cup-tied, having previously played for North Wales Crusaders in the same competition, and dual-reg Huddersfield Giants forward Tyler Dickinson is unlikely to be available if the experience of previous rounds is a pointer.
Second-rower Danny Langtree, who suffered an ankle injury at Whitehaven, won’t be ready in time but there’s a chance he might be okay to face table-topping Leigh Centurions the week after.
On a brighter note, Liam Thompson should be okay after picking up a dead leg against Featherstone and there’s a good chance that winger Jamel Chisholm will be cleared to play after damaging his ribs in the fifth-round win at Hull KR.
Added Naylor: “Jamel trained last night, for the first time since the Hull KR win, and then spent some time with the conditioners before joining the other lads again. We’ll have to wait and see if there is any reaction.”
Like Oldham’s Spencer, Warrington back-row man Jack Hughes, hurt in last Thursday’s 40-10 win against Wigan, is also out for eight weeks with a broken hand.
He joins a long-term casualty list at the Halliwell Jones Stadium which includes Chris Sandow, Declan Patton and Jack Johnson.
Centre Ryan Atkins is doubtful with a ruptured ligament in a finger and winger Tom Lineham is waiting for a head test after being badly shaken up by a heavy hit from Tony Clubb in the Wigan game.
He is expected to pass it and to be in the cup squad.