Tomorrow is injury D-Day for Morrison

HALIFAX coach Karl Harrison expects to find out tomorrow whether key forward Iain Morrison will be available for Sunday’s Northern Rail Cup blockbuster against Featherstone.

Morrison, who made the move to the Shay from Rovers in the autumn, was taken to hospital during Sunday’s comfortable 38-6 home win over Rochdale after injuring his knee.

Initial X-rays proved inconclusive and the Londoner will now have an ultrasound examination in Halifax tomorrow.

“Iain got his studs caught in the turf and said he felt something ‘pop’ in his knee,” said Harrison.

“We weren’t going to take any chances with him because we were already in control of the game when it happened, so he came straight off and went for X-rays.

“He came back from the hospital and they say there’s nothing broken, but it’s the same knee he’s had reconstructed in the past so we weren’t taking any chances.

“Our doctor thinks it could be something relatively minor, but Morro’s a tough, experienced competitor who knows his own body.

“He’s got an ultrasound booked in for tomorrow, so we’ll have to wait until then.”

Morrison, who is widely regarded as one of the best forwards outside the top flight, has also played for Harlequins, Hull KR, Huddersfield and Widnes in a career dogged by serious injury.

His stay at Post Office Road was curtailed after a clash of heads with Fax teammate Makali Aizue in last June’s Northern Rail Cup semi final left him with a shattered jaw.

“Iain deserves a bit of luck,” said Harrison, who is expected to redouble his efforts to extend Wakefield forward Matt James’ loan spell at the Shay.

“If there’s any chance at all, we’ll try to get him patched up and on the field against Featherstone on Sunday.”

James, who sat out Sunday’s match after rolling his ankle at Dewsbury eight days ago, is due to return to Belle Vue on Friday after an initial month-long stay with Fax.

“I’ll certainly be talking to Richard Agar this week,” said Harrison.

“We’ve got a massive injury crisis; the 17 guys who played on Sunday were basically the 17 we had fit on the day.

“It goes without saying we’d like to keep Matt.”

Halifax’s Co-operative Championship clash with Swinton, originally scheduled for Sunday, May 27, at Leigh Sports Village, has been brought forward to Friday, May 25, with an 8pm kick off.