Harrison: Fax can cope with latest casualties

Halifax coach Karl Harrison says the club can “cope” after seeing key forwards Ross Divorty and Andy Bracek both ruled out of Sunday’s Championship game against Swinton at the Shay (3.0).

Divorty ruptured his shoulder against Batley last Thursday, while Bracek finished the game with a fractured socket.

The pair were due to see specialists yesterday, although Harrison suggested both players are facing significant spells on the sidelines.

“It’s disappointing; they’ve both been playing well,” said Harrison, who also admitted he has several more unspecified players - including skipper Scott Murrell - who only have “slim” chances of being involved against the Lions.

“It’s the way it goes; sometimes you get games when you come away entirely injury free, other weeks you seem to get everything, which was the case at Batley last week.

“We’ve still got the numbers and the depth, so we can cope, we just need to get through Sunday’s game as best we can and then assess things from there.”

Harrison, who did not rule out changes elsewhere in the team based on form, named utility backs Lee Paterson and Anthony Bowman, young hookers Karl Ashall and Keith Holden and rookie forward Ian Davies as potential inclusions in this weekend’s line up.

Winger Wayne Reittie, who has yet to play in 2013 after suffering facial injuries in a city centre assault, is slated to make his comeback in an under 20s fixture at Featherstone tomorrow (Saturday).

There was less positive news on long-term absentee Mick Nanyn, who played just 40 minutes for the club before suffering a season-ending knee injury 15 months ago.

Nanyn made his comeback at Leigh last month, but has now been told he needs further surgery.

“Mick needs a clean out on his knee, which will hopefully get done this week,” said Harrison.

“I feel for the kid, he’s done everything he’s been asked but he’s still not right.

“I think it’ll be at least another month before we look at trying to get him back on the field again.”