Lee out for six months

HALIFAX’S caretaker coach Damian Ball has confirmed that goal kicking threequarter Lee Paterson will be sidelined for around six months with knee ligament damage.

Paterson has not played for around a month, with a scan now revealing the former Rochdale and Swinton back has ruptured his cruciate ligament, essentially the same injury that kept teammate Miles Greenwood out of the game for 18 months.

“Lee has a ruptured ACL, so he needs a knee recon,” said Ball.

“He’s booked in for that mid-August, and then he’s got a six month rehab in front of him.

“I think everyone at the club is devastated for Lee, because it’s a big injury and it’s a long and hard road back.

“It’s tough for him, because he’s out of contract at the end of the year and that’s an extra pressure in this situation.

“It certainly doesn’t make our lives any easier, because he’s a player we would obviously want to be fit at this time of year, but we can’t be selfish about this.

“Our thoughts are with Lee at the moment.”

Ball also said that it was “highly unlikely” that another crocked centre, the former Hull KR and Leeds player Mike Ratu, would play in 2011.

Ratu, who only joined the club at Christmas after being cut by the Craven Park club, broke his arm earlier in the year.

Courier Sport understands that Ratu, who had a loan spell at the Shay in 2008, has not been attending training recently.

One man who was expected at training tonight, when Ball was due to assess what he described as a “catalogue” of casualties from Saturday night’s home win over Toulouse, was the former Great Britain boss Brian Noble.

Noble’s month-by-month deal effectively expired at the weekend, although it now seems likely to roll forward on a week-by-week basis.

The ex-Wigan and Bradford boss, who played such a key role in revitalising Fax’s season, will not be at Mount Pleasant for Sunday’s clash with Batley due to BBC commitments.

HALIFAX are running coach travel to Batley o Sunday, leaving the Shay at 1.15.

Seats are priced £8 for adults and £4 juniors and further details are available from Neil Arber on 077144 88080.