Ben Blackmore fitness boost for Sheffield Eagles

Ben Blackmore should be available to face Whitehaven. Picture: Andrew Roe
Ben Blackmore should be available to face Whitehaven. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Winger Ben Blackmore looks set to feature again this season for Sheffield Eagles after news he doesn’t imminently need an operation on his injured wrist.

The former Featherstone ace came off in the recent defeat to Leigh Centurions, with his season set for a premature end.

But director of rugby Mark Aston, who has often cited Blackmore as one of his more consistent performers this season, confirmed that the 23-year-old is firmly on the comeback trail, with any possible operation now set for the end of the season.

“Ben Blackmore has been given some good news; he can get back into playing now,” Aston told The Star.

“He doesn’t need an operation right now, whether he will need it at the end of the season, we’ll have to wait and see.

“He has told me that he wants to be fit for next week. Let’s see how he goes in training, but he is keen to play.”

Blackmore has impressed Aston with his performances this season both at centre and on the wing, scoring 12 tries in his 21 appearances in all competitions.

His re-emergence for the Championship Shield fixtures will give Aston a selection headache with Garry Lo and Rob Worrincy both impressing in recent weeks.

Blackmore isn’t the only one seeking a return, with young hooker Greg Burns resuming full training following a long-term shoulder injury, with Aston stating he will be looking to use both before the end of the season.

“Blackmore has been one of our better players this season,” Aston added.

“If he does get fit then the likes of Garry Lo and Rob Worrincy will be looking over their shoulders if they are not hitting their mark.

“Greg Burns is also now back in full training too. We have a couple more players there who are going to add some more competition.”

Aston confirmed that George Tyson is set to be in the squad for Sunday’s clash with Whitehaven despite coming off injured during the victory over Halifax.

“He came off because he was knocked out a little, so he couldn’t go back on the field at Halifax, but he will be fine for this weekend. We have a few more bumps and bruises but nothing too significant.”