Marshall: Kaye a doubt, but not yet ruled out

Ben Kaye
Ben Kaye

Halifax coach Richard Marshall has not ruled hooker Ben Kaye out of Sunday’s round two fixture at Batley (3.0), despite initial suggestions the former Leeds and Featherstone player could be sidelined for several weeks.

Kaye, who was only cleared to play in Sunday’s opening day 32-26 loss to Featherstone by a neurologist 48 hours before kick off, injured his shoulder and watched the second half from the dugout.

“Ben was pretty sore after the game and his initial reaction was that he felt he’d be out for a couple of weeks,” said Marshall, who has already lost Kaye’s deputy, young Cumbrian Brandon Moore, for eight weeks with a broken hand.

“But looked at him at training on Tuesday and within 15 minutes of the physio getting to work on him the joint had loosened up quite a bit.

“He’ll do limited contact on Thursday, and at the moment it’s probably a 50/50 chance at best, but we’ve not ruled him out yet.”

Another absentee, in-form centre Ben Heaton, will definitely miss the trip to Mount Pleasant though with a dead leg.

“Ben won’t play,” said Marshall.