Sanchez injury poser for Tigers

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EMILIANO Sanchez will make a late decision on whether to take his place in the Sheffield team for Thursday’s Steel Town Trophy clash with Scunthorpe at Owlerton.

The hugely popular Argentinian crashed out of last week’s opening night defeat by Belle Vue and suffered a shoulder injury.

He went to hospital on Friday and was told nothing was broken after initial fears of a possible broken collarbone.

Now, with a week’s rest under his belt, he may make his return against one of his former clubs with Tigers defending a four-point lead from the first leg.

Tigers chief Neil Machin said: “Emiliano was gutted to miss Friday’s meeting at Scunthorpe because he wants to get in as many laps as possible before we start our Premier League fixtures.

“This Thursday we need to be sure his shoulder will stand up to four races because we don’t want him to jeapordise his appearance in further meetings by damaging it more.”

Tigers launch their league campaign at Rye House on Saturday, a track where they don’t have the best of records.

They will be looking for another good result at home on Thursday to carry confidence into the trip to Hertfordshire.

Skipper Ricky Ashworth, who suffering a gash to the side of his body against Belle Vue, will face Scunthorpe.