Halifax forward Adam Robinson could make a surprise return to the side in Saturday night’s crucial Championship scrap with London Broncos at Keighley (6.0).
The prop or back rower has not played since tearing his calf in the Summer Bash loss to Bradford at Blackpool a month ago.
But coach Richard Marshall, who has an injury doubt over centre Steve Tyrer, reported Robinson had made an ahead-of-schedule return to full training this week.
“Adam’s back training this week, so he could be involved,” said Marshall, whose side sit fourth, level on points with the Broncos, going into the game.
“He’s obviously not played for a while, but I would rate his chances of being involved as reasonably high.
“He offers us something a little bit different in what is an important game for both clubs.
“On the other side of the coin, Tyrer is struggling; he hurt his wrist at Dewsbury and although it’s not broken, it is pretty swollen.
“It might settle down, but we’ll review our options there.”
If Tyrer does miss out, Marshall could turn to the former Warrington junior Jake Eccleston, who made his Fax debut as a trialist at Hunslet a fortnight ago.
“We’ve got a few choices; Dane Manning can play there, Ed Barber can play there,” said Marshall, who was waiting to hear whether young Hull KR playmaker Connor Robinson would be available for a third successive week on dual-registration.
“But I thought Jake looked sharp and I would have no hesitation in putting him in there.
“He has all the qualities I look for in an outside back and he’s shown some commitment coming over three times a week to try and earn himself a deal for next year and beyond.
“He’s not here just making up the numbers; he’s a young player with a lot of potential.”
Victory this weekend would leave Marshall’s side, who had looked to be slipping out of the running for a top four finish, two points clear of the Broncos with four games of the regular season remaining.
“It’s a good competition at the moment,” enthused Marshall.
“It is good in terms of the quality of the opposition we are playing and good in terms of the quality we are producing.
“We’ve definitely gone up a level over the last six weeks; there has been a difference in the players’ attitude and probably their confidence as well.
“Will it be enough to beat a full time London team? I don’t know.
“But I think there will be a few twists and turns over the final month so nothing is going to be decided this weekend.
“We’re just looking forward to a very good game against a good team.
“I think there are some great individual match ups right across the field, especially at half back, and I think we’ll rise to that challenge.”