Sheffield Eagles skipper Mitchell Stringer looks set for a return ahead of schedule following a spell out with a troublesome ankle injury.
The 31-year-old was poised for a prolonged spell on the sidelines with an ankle problem which has disrupted large parts of his pre-season, but following a recent visit to a surgeon the former London and Salford man could now be back in an Eagles jersey in less than a month.
“We saw the surgeon last Thursday who gave us some good news and on the Friday Mitch was straight into a double session,” director of rugby Mark Aston told The Star.
“He (Stringer) is talking about a return in two weeks but I am talking about a month. Nick Ward (elite performance manager) has got to push him really hard over the next month and we would love him to be available for the tough run of the games in mid-April when we have the likes of Featherstone and Leigh.”
Aston, whose side entertain Batley Bulldogs this Sunday, will be cautious with the Barnsley-born prop who has already had one setback in his rehabilitation during pre-season.
“He has shown a hunger and desire to get back on the field but at the same time we have to be smart with him,” admitted Aston.
“We have to be realistic with his recovery because the last thing we want is for him to break down again. f he can handle it and he can do double days then we will get that out of him. He is the captain of the club so we need him back.
“He is important to us but he will have to fight his way back into this team. That’s great from my point of the view. It means that there is a lot of competition for places.”
The Eagles are out o make it three wins in four Kingstone Press Championship fixtures against John Kear’s Batley this Sunday, with Wakefield loanee Jon Molloy set for a possible return.