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Langtree, Bridge in fitness scare

DANNY Langtree and Danny Bridge, Oldham’s star second-row men, are both doubtful for Sunday’s big 1895 Cup clash with Doncaster at the Vestacare Stadium, 3pm kick-off.

In the Roughyeds’ run of four wins on the bounce, they’ve scored seven tries beneath them and provided numerous assists.

Langtree has a sternum (chest-bone) injury, while Bridge is struggling with a groin problem which caused him to leave the field in the second-half of last Saturday’s 52-12 win at Keighley Cougars.

The nine tries Roughyeds scored in Bronte Country took their total in their last four games to 37 — a sizzling statistic that makes Scott Naylor’s men easily the top points scorers in Betfred League 1.

News of the dynamic duo’s injury concerns was revealed by head coach Naylor after Tuesday night’s training session.

He said:

“If we were to play now, neither could turn out.

“They’re battling against the clock to be ready for weekend and they’ve got to be considered doubtful.”

Definitely out is winger Kyran Johnson, who suffered a broken jaw at Keighley and faces an absence of six to eight weeks.

Combined with the departure of Luke Nelmes and Danny Grimshaw a few weeks ago and, more recently, the return to Wakefield of on-loan Lee Kershaw and a season-ending injury to Aaron Jones-Bishop, Roughyeds are down to 21 players.

That includes the doubtful Danny boys, Langtree and Bridge, as well as young Harry Maders, who was also ruled out of the Keighley game because of an allergy.

Said Naylor:

“We’re particularly down on wingers and depending on what happens with ‘Langers’ and ‘Bridgey’ in the next few days we could be struggling for back-row forwards too.

“Fortunately, I’ve a few lads who are itching to get back into the side, like Adam Brook, Ben Davies, Jamie Greenwood and Anthony Bowman, but it’s amazing how quickly you can be coasting with a full squad and then you suddenly find yourself with a few concerns.”

Of their 21 players, half-back Brook and young prop Titus Gwaze are on loan from Halifax and Wakefield respectively and Naylor is wary of the dangers of either one of them, or both, getting a recall by their parent clubs.

It was as an insurance policy against this sort of injury pile-up that Roughyeds last week accepted an approach by Leigh Centurions to set up a dual-registration partnership.



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