SHEFFIELD EAGLES: Mark Aston sweats over vital trio

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SHEFFIELD Eagles boss Mark Aston is checking on worrying injuries to key players with a crucial game at Halifax coming up.

He’s hoping a weekend without a game will give Menzie Yere, Joe Hirst and Dane McDonald the extra time to reach fitness.

A win at Halifax would see the Eagles go second in the Championship with three games to play.

Loose-forward Hirst is the major concern after missing the win over Keighley Cougars with a knee injury that could end his season.

“We have to check him because he might need an op on his knee,” said coach Mark Aston. “We’ve over a week before the Halifax game, the knee is settling down and we’re hopeful.”

A decision on Hirst – eight tries from 21 games - will depend on tests in training this week. Likely replacement McDonald has been troubled for a month by a back injury.