Hardman could be back for Keighley clash

Ian Hardman has missed Featherstone's last three matches (H541L302).
Ian Hardman has missed Featherstone's last three matches (H541L302).

Featherstone Rovers hope to have full-back Ian Hardman back for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship game at Keighley Cougars.

Hardman has missed the last three matches with a knee injury.

Rovers will also check on hooker Ben Kaye who missed last Sunday’s 52-18 win over Dewsbury Rams with a shoulder injury.

“We’ll assess Ian Hardman this week,” said Featherstone’s interim coach Danny Evans.

“He’s not too far off but I think Ben Kaye will probably be a bit further off returning than Hardman.”

Evans expects a hard test at Keighley who matched Featherstone’s score against Dewsbury by winning 52-18 at Whitehaven last Sunday.

“Keighley came away with a really good win at Whitehaven which is a tough place to visit so that will have boosted their confidence,” he added.

“We’ve just got to make sure we prepare right and make sure we have a good week in training. We just want to keep the momemtum going and concentrate on things week by week.

“ We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, we just want to be consistent.”