Miles facing fitness fight

Miles Greenwood
Miles Greenwood

HALIFAX full back Miles Greenwood is spending time in an oxygen-rich hyperbaric chamber in a desperate bid to make the cut for Sunday’s Co-operative Championship play off clash at Sheffield.

The Fax number one lasted just 20 minutes of the 32-22 victory at Batley last Thursday before being forced from the action with a rib injury.

And while caretaker boss Damian Ball gives the former St Helens player just a 50/50 chance of making the cut for the trip to Bramall Lane, Fax are doing everything they can to get the 2011 Players’ Player of the Year back on the field.

“It’s a tough one for Miles, but we’re leaving no stone unturned,” said Ball, who could opt to either continue with Danny Jones - who deputised for Greenwood at Mount Pleasant - or call up specialist number one Ryan Fieldhouse if Greenwood does not recover in time

“We’re using a hyperbaric chamber to try and speed up the healing process and he’ll be in there as much as possible through this week.

“It’s probably a 50/50 call at the moment, we’ll just have to see how he is on Friday and take it from there.

“We’ve certainly got a couple of good options if he doesn’t make it.”

Ball reported better news on last week’s other major casualty, centre James Haley, who finished the game with a shoulder problem.

“James did contact on Monday night and although we looked after him a little bit, he came through fine,” said Ball.

“I’m sure he’ll be out there on Sunday.”

Ball said he was “disappointed” that both the Eagles and the Rugby Football League had snubbed Fax’s appeal to play the game before the weekend in order to give the winners extra recovery time ahead of a Thursday night final eliminator against the losers of tomorrow’s Leigh versus Featherstone game.

“We’d rather have played Thursday or Friday, no doubt about that,” said Ball.

“But if we do manage to beat Sheffield - and that’s going to be really, really tough - then we’ll deal with it then.

“We certainly won’t be using it as an excuse for the next game, that’s not what we’re about.”

HALIFAX are running coach travel to Sunday’s game, leaving the Shay at 12.30.

Seats are priced £10 for adults and £5 for children and details are available from Neil Arber on 077144 88080.