Tough-guy Joy fighting back

FORTY-EIGHT hours after dislocating a shoulder, Oldham RL prop Phil Joy reported for training as usual last night and wanted to know what all the fuss was about.

“He’s a tough lad,” said coach Scott Naylor. “But that doesn’t mean we can rush him back. He’ll have to have a statutory lay–off —- not sure for how long —- to make sure everything settles down.

“We don’t want the shoulder popping out again.

“He turned up as though nothing had happened and was quickly into his rehab. The medical staff did a bit of work on the shoulder with him; all very upbeat and positive considering it was only two days since he was injured.

“We’ll have a much clearer idea of how long he’ll be out when we look at him again in a fortnight, but he’ll definitely want to get back as quickly as possible.”

Club captain Gareth Owen has revealed that Joy was injured while Oldham were hanging on to an 18-16 lead against London Broncos and defending grimly near their own line.

“His shoulder was bust, his arm was hanging down by his knees, but he still got back into our defensive line and helped us defend the next three plays,” said Owen.

With Joy sidelined for Sunday’s Championship clash at Hull KR, it would seem likely that Liam Thompson or Ben Davies, maybe both, will be in the 17.

Neither has played in the three Championship games so far after picking up niggling lower-back injuries in the pre-season warm-up games.

George Tyson will complete his four-match ban and will then be available for the next home game against Dewsbury Rams on Sunday, March 5.

Scott Leatherbarrow, who suffered a badly-gashed forehead against London, is expected to be okay, although he will be monitored for the rest of the week and a final decision will be made later.

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