Halifax coach Karl Harrison could have Wales back rower Ross Divorty back in action inside the next fortnight after he was told his injured shoulder does not require surgery.
And his international teammate Andy Bracek will be hot on his heels on the comeback trail, with the versatile forward’s cracked cheekbone now only expected to sideline him for around four weeks.
Both men were casualties of the bruising 18-18 Championship draw with Batley in round five, with Harrison initially resigned to adding the pair to his long-term casualty list.
“Ross has been told he can continue to train and play, basically because he can’t do any more damage,” said Harrison, whose side host Hunslet at the Shay on Sunday (3.0).
“Bracek’s got a cracked cheekbone, but it’s not a particularly bad one, so he’s maybe four or five weeks away.
“Compared to what we were looking at initially, it’s pretty good news.”
Divorty spoke to Courier Sport shortly after seeing a specialist in his home city of York and made it clear he would not let the injury compromise his chances of excelling in this autumn’s World Cup.
“It’s a big year for me and I need as much game time as I can get,” he said.
“I have ruptured my AC joint, but as long as we rehab it I can carry on.
“It might need a week’s treatment before I can play, and it may need surgery at the end of the year, but the best case scenario is that it will heal itself.
“I’m pretty happy; I was thinking I was going to be out for two months.”