Sheffield Eagles hoping to see Ben Blackmore back for Dewsbury Rams game

Ben Blackmore. Pic byAlexColeman, ADC Photography
Ben Blackmore. Pic byAlexColeman, ADC Photography
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Winger Ben Blackmore is awaiting the green light from a specialist as director Mark Aston attempts to avoid a crisis on the flanks.

Aston has revealed that fellow winger Ryan Millar will be out for the season, whilst dual-registration ace Adam Swift is unlikely to be available after bagging a hat-trick on his return to parent club St Helens.

Iliess Macani has been drafted back into the squad after Aston recalled him from his loan at London Skolars, but the Eagles chief is desperate for good news on Blackmore who has been dogged in recent weeks by a knee issue.

Blackmore wasn’t part of the squad for the defeat to Toronto to allow extra recovery time, but a thumbs-up from the specialist is still required.

“We have taken Blackmore to see a specialist with the intention of hopefully having the green light” Aston said.

“We are hopeful that the problem is a meniscus tear which means he should be able to play through it.

"He hasn’t done a great deal of running but he will be fresh enough, and at the end of the day he knows what he is doing so he will be able to get himself around the field should we get the all-clear from the specialist. We will know a little more in a day or so. Fingers crossed.”

Blackmore’s return would be timely for Aston who has Macani on standby after cutting short what has been a successful spell with the Skolars.

Youngster Millar may have to have an operation after damaging both biceps, and Aston acknowledged it was a blow to lose the speedster who was back amongst the tries in the recent defeat to Toulouse.

“We are pretty certain he has done his biceps, and if he has he’ll need an operation so that is his season done,” Aston added.

“He has been playing well, he’s scored a few tries and he has been playing to the level that we require from him. It’s a blow, there is no doubt, and if we don’t get Ben Blackmore back it is all hands on deck.

Kick off against Dewsbury Rams at the OLP this Sunday has been moved noon due to the World Cup Final.