THE INJURY crisis hitting Leeds Rhinos has also had an effect on their partner club, according to Featherstone Rovers boss Jon Sharp.
Sharp says Rovers are “busted” and down to the bare bones ahead of tomorrow’s crunch visit of leaders Leigh Centurions in the Kingstone Press Championship (3pm). Rovers have used four Rhinos players on dual-registration so far this season, but all of those were in the First Utility Super League champions’ squad for yesterday’s game at St Helens.
“The injuries Leeds have had have also had an impact on us,” Sharp said. “We’ve not had any Leeds players for the last couple of weeks.
“Dual-reg’ very much depends on the fitness of players at both clubs and unfortunately there’s a knock-on effect from Leeds to us.
“We are having our injury problems as well and it is backs to the wall. You would not choose to go through it, but it is probably the best part of the season to have it.”
Sharp had hoped Michael Channing would be available for tomorrow’s match, but he pulled up in training this week due to a hamstring problem.
Scott Turner and Colton Roche were both hurt in last week’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup defeat at Batley Bulldogs.
And full-back Danny Craven is an injury doubt from that game.
“We are busted team at the minute, but we are going to have a really good crack at them,” Sharp said of tomorrow’s clash.