Let’s have a look at how the squad is recovering from Sunday’s victory over London with a view to this weekend’s trip to Workington Town in Round 17 of the Betfred Championship…
Fresh off the back of our comeback win against London Broncos, this Sunday sees us travel to Cumbria to take on Workington Town at Derwent Park in what will be new head coach John Kear’s first game in charge of the Vikings. After coming back from a 16-point deficit to take two much needed points, we will head into Round 17 with a much-needed confidence boost, looking for a second win in successive games.
Workington’s previous game saw them suffer a heavy defeat at the hands of Newcastle Thunder at Kingston Park, so no doubt Chris Thorman’s side will be reviewing their game through the week and looking to tighten up their defence especially for Sunday’s encounter.
The one injury concern from the London game at the weekend is Eribe Doro who sustained a sternum injury. Eribe will be assessed through the week by the medical team and will be given every chance to be available for selection for the trip to Cumbria.
Shane Grady returned to the matchday squad and came through his spell unscathed which is a big plus for the Vikings as his experience and strike on an edge is a big asset to our side.
Callum Field has been continually assessed by the medical staff after suffering a concussion against York. He has since been back in training and will be given the rest of the week to train after completing the concussion protocols set by the RFL.
Lloyd Roby will undergo surgery on his ACL injury in the next week which will see him ruled out for the remainder of the season. Lloyd will be supported by the club physio through his rehab and further updates on his progress will be given in due course.
Josh Johnson is progressing well from a knee injury and is another week closer to a return to training. Josh will be assessed on a week-to-week basis until he returns to team training.
Ollie Brookes is still progressing with his rehab programme set by the club physio, and is still some time off a return to running with the S&C team.
Ste Tyrer still remains out of contention this week with a shoulder problem he sustained in the game against Bradford over the Platinum Jubilee period. Ste’s return to action will be based on symptoms and he still isn’t ready to get back into contact training with the team.
Jake Spedding is still being assessed by the club physio with ankle and quad issues. Jake will hopefully be returning to running on the field by the end of the week.
Levy Nzoungou is close to a return to getting back to some field running with the physio. He will continue his rehab on his injured achilles but is ahead of schedule and feeling good.
Will Tilleke and Dec Gregory played at North Wales Crusaders this week after joining on an initial two-week loan deal to get some valuable game time, and will return to the squad following the conclusion of their loan spells. Will Tilleke scored a try in a 18-26 defeat to Doncaster.
Liam Bent, Lewis Hulme and loan signing Luis Roberts are all available for selection for this week’s game at Workington.