Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston is reluctant to risk rushing forward Liam Higgins back into action in the Challenge Cup against Halifax.
The experienced prop has missed the last eight games with first an ankle injury then a calf strain.
Ben Gledhill, on loan from Salford Reds, will not be available for the Cup game and Colton Roche is nursing a knee injury.
Aston said: “We could do with having Liam Higgins at the moment. It would be great to have him fit.
“Liam’s getting plenty of treatment on his calf but it might be a bit too soon for him. Colton’s got a knee (problem), I’m hoping it will settle down and he’ll be fit.”
Aston has taken positives from the greater urgency in the Eagles play in the 30-18 win over Dewsbury Rams.
“High speed entertaining rugby, that’s what I’m looking for,” he said. “We got a glimpse of that and when we did it we looked a class outfit.
“There are a few people hitting form and we need that with Halifax coming up.”
Aston had his squad in for training yesterday as the build up starts for the crucial fifth round game at Don Valley Stadium on Friday night.
He remains concerned that the team “knocks off a bit at times” when they take the lead.
“We’re winning - it was a comfortable win but we just keep inviting people back in and that’s frustrating,” he added.