HALIFAX full back Miles Greenwood has been passed fit to face Widnes in tonight’s Co-operative Championship showdown at the Shay.
Greenwood was stretchered off midway through the first half of Sunday’s 18-16 loss at Batley after being kicked in the head.
But the former St Helens junior, who had a loan spell with Widnes when he was trying to make a Super League breakthrough at Knowsley Road, has been cleared to return to the side after passing the Rugby Football League’s ‘head test’, which is compulsory for all players who have suffered head injuries.
“Miles was concussed, but he trained with us as normal on Tuesday night and came through his test without any problems,” said caretaker coach Damian Ball, who has also named centre Jon Goddard, missing last weekend, in his initial selection.
“The injury looked pretty bad at the time, and you never like to see the stretcher going on to the field, but thankfully it didn’t turn out to be serious and it will be good to have him out there tonight.”
While Greenwood’s recovery is good news, Ball admitted to plenty of problems elsewhere, labelling his side as “busted” in the wake of a gruelling afternoon at Mount Pleasant.
“We’re waiting on quite a few players, and a lot of those decisions won’t be made until close to kick off,” said Ball, whose side can seal a top six place with a three point haul in front of the Sky TV cameras.
“Sunday took a lot out of us physically and it’s made things difficult for us this week.
“I saw Widnes’ game against Leigh and they played really, really well, so it’s a tough ask for the boys.
“We’ve set ourselves some targets in terms of discipline and composure, which was what let us down at Batley, and if we meet those we will give ourselves a chance.”
Fax could welcome back a long term absentee in prop Michael Ostick, the former Widnes player who is on the verge of a first team return after a lengthy absence with a knee injury.
“Ostick’s trained really well, he played well for the under 23s last week and he’s definitely in contention for a place in the 17,” said Ball.
“He’s had his eye on this game for a while.”
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