Rugby League: Fit-again Liam set for Eagles return

Liam Higgins is set for a Sheffield Eagles recall.
Liam Higgins is set for a Sheffield Eagles recall.
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Prop forward Liam Higgins will return from a nightmare run of injuries that has kept him out for nearly three months at Barrow Raiders tomorrow.

The former Castleford, Hull and Wakefield front rower had nearly recovered from an ankle injury when his comeback was put on hold by a calf strain.

It’s a boost for the Eagles as they go into their third game in 10 days with a win needed if they are to keep ahead of the pack at the top of the Championship.

However, they will be nudged out of the first place if Featherstone win at Leigh this afternoon.

“Liam will be back and in the 17 at Barrow,” said Aston. “Imagine how Liam will be on Sunday after months not playing; he’ll be raring to go.”

Higgins last played at Leigh early in March and he now has a chance to stake a claim for the starting front row slot following the retirement of Jack Howieson.

Aston is also set to recall winger Misi Taulapapa and back row forward Michael Knowles who were rested for the midweek win at Hunslet.

Knowles is expected to have recovered from a dead leg and will be making a return to Craven Park where he played for two seasons before joining the Eagles in 2012.

For Taulapapa, the break has allowed him to rest a niggling ankle injury.

Forwards Eddie Battye, Peter Green and winger Vinny Finigan are the players likely to drop out.

Eagles are going for their third win this season over Barrow following victories in the league and a 64-10 rout in the Northern Rail Cup last month.

The Raiders are struggling at the bottom of the Championship but Eagles only two defeats have come away from home – the last at Whitehaven nine games ago.

Aston added: “Barrow are a different team at home and will be smarting from what we did to them in the Northern Rail Cup.”