Smeaton back in training after nine-month lay-off

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FEATHERSTONE Rovers centre Sam Smeaton has resumed training after being out for nine months with a serious knee injury.

Smeaton (pictured) has not played since he damaged his kneecap in training last September shortly before the Championship Grand Final against Sheffield Eagles.

“Sam is back in training with us. He is doing bits of sessions with us which is good to see,” said Rovers interim head coach Ryan Sheridan.

“He’s worked really hard to get back to where he is now but he is still a bit off, looking at him.

“We will see how he goes over the next four to six weeks with his rehab and his involvement with the training and then we’ll know more.”

Sheridan praised Rovers physio Matt Crowther for his work with Smeaton and other injured players.

“Matt is fantastic. He’s great around the players. Obviously, he used to play himself and he’s a good healer. He gets blokes on the field which is what we need.”

For Sunday’s trip to Barrow Raiders, Rovers are again likely to be without forwards Anthony England (shoulder) and Tim Spears (knee) who both missed the last match against Doncaster.

Rovers will be checking on Jonny Hepworth who has missed the last three games with a hand ligament injury

“Both Anthony England and Tim Spears have had scans and they will both be out for a few weeks,” added Sheridan.

“We miss people like Anthony and Tim who are natural leaders.”