Halifax forward Iain Morrison could be back in Championship action for the league leaders against Barrow at the Shay on Sunday (3.0) after more than a year on the sidelines.
The former Widnes, Hull KR and Huddersfield player only made a handful of appearances during his debut season before being forced to undergo agonising micro-fracture surgery to cure a knee problem.
Morrison, whose recent career has been scarred by a catalogue of serious injuries, emerged from his gruelling rehabilitation with a barnstorming 70-minute appearance for the club’s under 20 side at Keighley a month ago, but has been absent since with an arm injury sustained in that game.
“Morrison’s been training and he’s trained this week, so maybe it’s time to give him a go,” said coach Karl Harrison, whose side are looking to rebound from their first loss of 2013 at Featherstone a week ago.
“He’s got a chance of playing and he would give the squad a big boost.
“It has been a long road back for him and he has worked extremely hard to get to this point.
“I hope it works out for him, because he’s a champion bloke who is extremely popular with his teammates.”
If Morrison does play, it seems likely to be as a prop, given Harrison’s analysis of the 40-18 loss at Post Office Road.
“Our strength all year has been in that middle unit but apart from Tony Tonks, I thought we were extremely poor there last weekend,” said the former GB prop.
“We lost every collision and we’ve been completely out muscled in the end.
“Our interchanges, which have been good for us in the last month, hurt us.
“Bracek dropped the ball on his first carry, Barlow gave away a penalty on his first carry then put the ball down in front of the posts.
“Those plays are ones that change momentum in matches and we’ll consider that when we finalise selection.”
There could also be changes out wide, where Rikki Sheriffe and Wayne Reittie look set for recalls against the Cumbrians, who were humbled by 50-points in the Challenge Cup a fortnight ago.
“If we play well, we’ll win,” said Harrison. “It’s what good sides do; bounce back.”