Penkywicz a doubt for Cougars clash

HALIFAX coach Karl Harrison has rated captain Sean Penkywicz as “doubtful” for Sunday’s Co-operative Championship derby date at Keighley (2.0).

Penkywicz left the field during the league leaders’ 24-18 win at Swinton a fortnight ago with a hamstring problem, but did feature - albeit briefly - in last weekend’s Anglo-French romp in Toulouse.

“We put Sean on the bench, but we didn’t actually want to play him,” revealed Harrison.

“If we’d been in England, with a full squad of players available, he wouldn’t have been selected at all, but basically we ran out of numbers.

“In the end, he did the last 15 minutes or so and came through reasonably well.

“As far as we know, there’s no tear to his hamstring, but it is very tight.

“We’ll see how he goes this week but at this stage you would have to say he is doubtful.”

Harrison also confirmed that centre Steve Tyrer will be out for up to three months after scans confirmed medial ligament damage.

“The worst case is 12 weeks,” said Harrison. “He doesn’t need an op; we just need to be patient.”

Another threequarter, Ben Heaton, returned to light training this week after several weeks out with ankle ligament damage but will not be considered for the clash with Jason Demetriou’s high-flyers.

“Ben’s running straight lines, but he’s still pretty sore,” said Harrison, who added there was still no definitive diagnosis on the extent of the knee injury suffered by the experienced forward Iain Morrison.