Halifax winger Wayne Reittie could be playing again within two weeks after recovering from horrific facial injuries.
Reittie was assaulted in Leeds city centre in December and left with fractures to his jaw, eye socket and cheekbone in an incident that he said is still the subject of police investigation.
But the former York player was back on the field as a watercarrier for Fax’s 18-14 win at the Huntington Stadium last weekend and told Courier Sport he expects to be back in action within a fortnight.
“Hopefully, I am less than two weeks away,” said Reittie, who will watch from the Mount Pleasant sidelines when second-placed Fax take on third-placed Batley in Thursday night’s televised Championship game (7.30).
“The Swinton game on Sunday week is almost exactly 12 weeks from the op, so that’s the target.
“I can do full contact training at 12 weeks and if I can do contact, I can play.
“I’ve been training hard, so my fitness has been ticking over, but if they want me to play an under 20s game first then I’m fine with that.
“I wouldn’t mind a run out, because it’s a long time since I played.
“My face feels strong and it will be a relief to get back out there.
“It’s a horrific injury and I’ve basically had my face reconstructed, so I’m sure I will be a bit apprehensive.
“I think that’s only human, but it won’t change the way I play.
“I know myself pretty well and I know it won’t faze me.”