Harrison: Heaton, Tyrer could face Rovers

Steve Tyrer
Steve Tyrer

Halifax centres Ben Heaton and Steve Tyrer are both in contention to return to the side for Thursday night’s top-of-the-table clash with Featherstone at the Shay (7.30).

Tyrer has been sidelined for more than a month with medial liagment damage, while Heaton has not played since injuring his ankle in the Challenge Cup loss at Leigh in the spring.

“Tyrer and Heaton have been doing light training for a couple of weeks, but they trained fully for the first time on Monday night,” said Fax boss Karl Harrison, who has something of a selection dilemma in the threequarters after losing James Haley midway through last week’s 34-24 at Dewsbury with a shoulder injury.

“We will see how they react to that, but at the moment I would say that one or both of them could make the side.

“We’ve not written Haley off just yet, although I think it’s more likely he’ll come back into contention for the Sheffield game on Friday week, and young Anthony Bowman looked strong out there in the second half against Dewsbury.

“We’ll weigh things up and make the best decision for the team.”

Harrison confirmed the other major casualty from the success at Rams’ Stadium, former Rovers back rower Ross Divorty, will definitely be missing with an ankle problem.

“Ross’s foot and ankle are badly bruised and swollen,” said Harrison.

“At this stage, we think he will be a couple of weeks.”

Winger Wayne Reittie is available again after a four-week suspension for head butting his former Batley teammate Gareth Moore at Mount Pleasant, and looks likely to duel with Paul White for a place on the flank.

“Wayne’s been training the house down,” said Harrison.

“That’s another tough call we have to make.”