Garry Lo’s injury troubles could soon be behind him with a return to action a distinct possibility against Workington Town this Saturday.
The Papua New Guinea international has endured a frustrating start to his Sheffield Eagles’ career with injury restricting him to just two appearances for his new club.
A dislocated shoulder saw him sidelined for the early stages of the campaign, an injury he aggravated when he scored a sensational 80 metre try in the victory over Bradford Bulls at Odsal Stadium.
With the injury not thought to be serious, head coach Mark Aston had expected to have Lo back within a couple of weeks.
But Lo has remained sidelined with Aston admitting it has taken longer than expected for his troublesome shoulder to ‘settle down’.
“The problem is still there for him. It is still ongoing,” Aston told The Star.
“The shoulder has had all the correct scans and they have shown up nothing too severe.
“The injury isn’t serious but it is one of those painful areas that still need to settle down so he can play.
“It has taken time, we have now decided that we are going to give him a cortisone injection to try and settle it down, and then hopefully we can get him back playing again.”
In Lo’s absence the Eagles have stuttered, but a victory against Dewsbury and week off from competitive in action, has given Aston’s side a much needed lift.
Should the injection be a success Aston is confident that the 22-year-old could return ahead of a home clash with the league’s bottom club on Saturday.
“We have seen in his fleeting appearances what he can do,” Aston added.
“He showed glimpses against Bradford and it has been frustrating not to have had him available.
“I am hoping he will be right for Workington – it depends on how the injection goes. If the cortisone settles the swelling down then he could very well be in line for a return on Saturday.”
Meanwhile, second-rower Duane Straugheir is expected to be out for a minimum of six weeks following a successful operation on a fractured eye socket. “He has had the operation and he is now on the road to recovery,” Aston confirmed.