DEWSBURY RAMS boss Glenn Morrison is fighting an injury crisis ahead of tonight’s trip to champions Sheffield (Friday 7.30pm).
Full-back James Craven (shoulder), prop Russ Spiers (ankle) and fellow front-rower Ben Jones (ankle) all picked up injuries during last Sunday’s defeat to Workington – the Rams’ sixth in succession.
And all three are likely to miss out again this weekend, with skipper Austin Buchanan, hooker Ryan Wright, centre Brad Watkinson and back-rowers Josh Tonks and Rob Spicer already ruled out for a second-straight match.
“We are seriously struggling for numbers, to say we are thin on the ground would be an understatement,” said Morrison.
“We have pretty much eight guys sitting out at the moment, but I am still confident in the remaining players.
“Others will certainly get a chance against Sheffield as I am not sure whether we will have any Bulls players available to us.
“Sheffield are a top side but we managed to put 16 points to nil on them in the first half of our cup game there a couple of weeks ago, I know what this team is capable of achieving.
“Although last weekend was disappointing, I still feel we have turned the corner. We are playing much better.”
It is understood Castleford Tigers loanee Ben Johnston is back in Rams contention, while Super League Bradford are likely to make hooker Adam O’Brien available once more.
Dewsbury, meanwhile, will face Halifax in round one of the Northern Rail Cup later this month.