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20th April 2018

Widnes Vikings look set to be boosted by the return of Pat Ah Van and Lloyd White, when they face Coventry Bears tomorrow (1pm kick off).

Both players are set to start for the Vikings in the Challenge Cup tie, after returning to fitness following their respective injuries and impressing in recent training sessions.

Denis Betts, Head Coach of Widnes Vikings, says: “Everyone knows the quality that Pat and Lloyd bring to the team, so it’s obviously been challenging to have them both unavailable for selection since the first round of the competition.

Pat had got himself into the best shape of his life, so to break his arm in the first round of the season was tough to take. He’s kept himself in good condition throughout his rehabilitation, so is looking forward to getting back to competitive action. A good run out against Coventry tomorrow will be useful in helping him to step back into the pace of Super League action.

Lloyd has had no luck this year. After missing the second-round game with illness, to then go on and pick up two muscle strains that each ruled him out for several weeks has been frustrating for him. He’s trained well this week and looks like he’s ready to play. He’s certainly looking excited to return and will be wanting to make up for lost-time this year.”

Whilst the Vikings have faced some difficult challenges with injuries recently, Betts has also been boosted by positive news regarding two senior stars – Hep Cahill and Chris Houston.

“There’s been some good updates from our medical team in recent days. Hep Cahill is well ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation following his knee injury, and there’s an outside chance that he’ll be available for consideration for the Wigan Warriors game.

We’ve also had good news that Chris Houston’s injury hasn’t been as severe as we first feared. Having initially thought that he could be out for several months, it looks he could even be back in circa six weeks.

What we don’t like to do is set firm timescales on the return of players – it’s hard to ever give a definitive date for when players will be healed and ready to play. We also know the importance of not rushing players back until they’re ready, because the last thing that we want is to see relapses and recurrences of injuries. Clearly though, it’s positive that at this stage both players look to be ahead of schedule against their initial diagnosis and will be available for some important rounds of the season.” 

Under 16s can enjoy watching the first-team action for free, when the Vikings take on Coventry Bears in the Fifth Round of the Challenge Cup this Saturday (1.00pm kick off) .

Advance tickets are priced at just £10 for adults, £5 for concessions and U16s are free*.  Tickets will increase by £2 on match day, but Juniors will remain free of charge.

Tickets are available to purchase online (click here), from the Vikings Superstore, Tesco Extra, or by calling the ticket hotline: 0151 495 2250 (option 2).

*Under 16s must be accompanied by paying adults.

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