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Hughes, Neal still on injured list

PROP Adam Neal and hooker Kenny Hughes are still on Oldham RL Club’s injury list and unavailable for selection.

Hughes has ankle ligament damage, sustained while training, and is likely to be out for another two or three weeks.

Neal hasn’t played since he was concussed against Keighley Cougars two months ago and Roughyeds have confirmed there is no sign yet of his return to action.

Said coach Scott Naylor:

“We are in a bit of limbo with Adam.

“We are not seeing any change in him (for the better) so we need to investigate further.

“That will mean another scan or a visit to a different specialist.

“As for Kenny (Hughes) he’s had problems with the same ankle previously and initially we thought it was worse than it was.

“He’s got some ligament damage but he should be back in two or three weeks.”

He said everyone else was fine and apart from Neal and Hughes he would be picking from a full-strength squad for Sunday’s fourth v third clash at Hunslet on Sunday (3.30pm kick-off).

Gary Thornton’s men from the South Leeds Stadium were the last team to beat Oldham when they won 24-16 at the Vestacare Stadium on April 8.

Roughyeds, leading 16-6 midway through the second half, went close to stretching their lead when Craig Briscoe crossed the line under the posts but couldn’t ground the ball properly.

Thus reprieved, Hunslet then scored 18 unanswered points to stun the Roughyeds and inflict their second home defeat of the season.

Their response was to win eight league games in a row and climb to third place in the table.

Hunslet, also a form team, are one place behind them in fourth after winning their last five.

Note the kick-off time — half an hour later than usual at 3.30pm.


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