Morrison out of Rams showdown

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HALIFAX forward Iain Morrison is out of Sunday’s top-three Co-operative Championship battle with Dewsbury with a knee injury.

And the big-hitting Londoner now faces a scan to determine the extent of the damage, which occured in the opening seconds of last weekend’s 60-point flogging of the 2011 champions Featherstone.

Morrison, who joined Fax from Rovers last autumn after two injury-wrecked years at Post Office Road, had only made his comeback after a two month absence following knee surgery in the Challenge Cup tie at Leigh the previous weekend.

“It’s the same knee he had operated on, unfortunately,” confirmed Fax boss Karl Harrison, whose side host the high-flying Rams at the Shay.

“Iain damaged it in the very first tackle he was involved in, but he played half an hour with it and then went back on, which tells you everything you need to know about the attitude he has.

“At the moment, it’s sore and we’re waiting for a scan on it.

“He’s definitely out of Sunday, but beyond that anything I said would just be speculation.

“We’ll keep our fingers crossed for Iain, because he’s a big player for us, not just for what he produces on the field but for his character and his influence behind the scenes.”

There was some better news for Harrison, who was planning to watch last night’s under 23 fixture against Featherstone before naming his squad for Sunday, with the centre Ben Heaton beginning rehabilitation on his ankle.

Heaton, a close season recruit from Oldham, was stretchered off at the Leigh Sports Village a fortnight ago with what was initially feared to be a broken leg.

“It’s just going to be question of time with Ben,” said Harrison.

“As we know, there was no break and it just appears to be a bad sprain.

“He was jogging on it on Wednesday, nice and easy, so we’ll see how he goes over the next couple of weeks.”

Former Great Britain international Gareth Raynor has announced his retirement at the age of 34.

The former Hull, Crusaders and Bradford winger joined Featherstone at the start of the season and played in their recent Challenge Cup tie against Wigan but has confirmed he left the Championship club by mutual consent and hung up his boots.

HALIFAX’S under 23s lost 28-10 to Featherstone at the Shay last night.

Club captain James Haley, making his second appearance after a lengthy lay-off following shoulder surgery, and Ross White scored tries for the home side, with Gareth Hynes kicking a single conversion.