FEATHERSTONE Rovers forward Ross Divorty is set to be sidelined for three months.
The Welsh international forward sustained a serious knee injury in Sunday’s 40-18 pre-season win against Leeds Rhinos.
Rovers coach Daryl Powell said: “Ross has torn his medial knee ligament. I did it myself when I played and it’s not the best injury to have because your leg feels like it’s clicking out to the side.
“It’s an awkward injury which takes some recovering from. We’ll have to refocus Ross’s development from a strength point of view and make sure that after the three months is up he’s improved in certain areas. We are going to try to look at it from a positive point of view for him.
“There’s no operation but he’s in a brace for three weeks and then we’ll see where he goes from there. It will then be a gradual rehabilitation back.
“Ross has been working very hard in the pre-season so I’m really disappointed for him.
“We are going to need all the depth we’ve got in the front row department. I thought we were a bit short up front last year but I think we are okay this year,”
Skipper Stuart Dickens is on the mend after sustaining an ear injury that required surgery.
Said Powell: “Stuart has been to hospital to have his ear repaired by a plastic surgeon. He’d ruptured the cartilage in the ear but I think he’ll be okay to face Doncaster in our first competitive match on February 4.”
Prop Iain Morrison is set to start his comeback following major knee surgery in Saturday’s reserves friendly against Dewsbury (3pm).
The 27-year-old Scotland international, signed from Widnes Vikings, missed the final three months of last season after he damaged anterior cruciate ligaments in the 26-16 win at Halifax in June.
Powell said: “I am hoping Iain Morrison will be playing. He has been training really hard. It’s just a matter of him feeling comfortable with his leg and to do that he needs to get some game time under his belt. I’m hopeful he’s going to right for this Saturday’s game but we’ll check on him during the week and make a final decision later on.”
Andrew Bostock, a close-season signing from Dewsbury Rams, is likely to have a run out against his old club after his debut was cut short against Leeds when he picked up an injury.
Powell said: “I will be checking on Andrew Bostock during the week. His eye closed up and he was having trouble viewing the ball against Leeds so it made life difficult for him.”
Jon Steel will play against Dewsbury and Liam Welham and Dom Dee are also likely to figure along with trialist Tom Hemingway.
“We will about five first-team squad players in Saturday’s team,” said Powell, who was delighted with the performance against Leeds last weekend.
He said: “It was pleasing to see the way we glued together pretty quickly.
“Liam Finn controlled things well and everyone around him did their jobs really efficiently. It was a pretty controlled team performance. The players have been training well and are looking very sharp. We’ve done a lot of work on skill and a lot of work on physical conditioning.”