Sheffield Eagles duo in race to be fit for Halifax crunch match

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SHEFFIELD Eagles are ready to ‘wait and see’ as they battle to get two of their star players fit for the trip to Northern Rail Cup winners Halifax.

Loose-forward Joe Hirst is the major worry with the Eagles hoping he can be ‘nursed’ through to the end of the season before having a knee operation.

Papua New Guinea centre Menzie Yere has missed the last two games with damage to a calf but could be back in full training this week.

Coach Mark Aston desperately wants the two available for Sunday’s game that will have a big say in who finishes second in the Championship. Halifax will be on a high after beating Featherstone Rovers 21-12 to win the Rail Cup at the weekend.

“Joe will need a knee operation, the question is can we get him through to the end of the season?” said Aston. “It’s a cartilage and it isn’t locking as it should. It’s swelling up and taking time to go down.

“We don’t know if Joe will be able to play every week, it depends how his knee reacts.”

Aston added: “Menzie will hopefully be fit for the Halifax game. He wasn’t back in full training last week but we hope he’ll get a few full sessions in this week. It would be good to have Menzie available but Scott Turner has come in and done a great job.”

Utility man Dane McDonald, who can play at loose-forward, is back in full training after missing a month with a back injury but there are doubts about his match fitness.

Winger Tim Bergin is also back training after missing almost all the season with a pelvic injury.

Aston said: “Dane needs to come through a real physical couple of weeks because he hasn’t played in a long while. It’s good for Tim and the club that he’s back training.”