London’s Channing and Cunningham set for months out

London Broncos have issued a comprehensive update on their injured players, and how their respective rehabilitation processes are proceeding.

James Cunningham is set for an operation on Wednesday this week, with a shoulder problem being put right. He is set to return in three to six months.

Michael Channing will also have an operation, this time to remove a damaged disc in his back. He should be back in action in six months.

Dalton Grant is also set for a lay-off, having damaged his achilles tendon whilst playing for Dewsbury last season. He should return to the field in March or April.

Irish international Api Pewhairangi ruptured his patella tendon in August, and missed the last phase of the 2016 season.

He is progressing well, and should be back in full training in February or March.

Matt Gee suffered a fibula fracture in pre-season training, but is hoping to be back in full training by January.

Matt Davis, Mark Offerdahl and Ben Evans, who all underwent surgery in the close season, are all now back in full training.

“Obviously, the news about Cunningham and Channing is disappointing, but at the end of the day, we play a contact sport and that’s part and parcel of the game,” said Broncos head coach Andrew Henderson.

“It’s for this reason we have a bigger squad this year (31 players), and have better strength in depth to be able to cover any injuries.

“On a more positive note, Matt Gee has only sustained a minor injury, and our two long termers (Pewhairangi and Grant) will be available early in the 2017 season.

“We have fantastic medical and strength and conditioning departments who work tirelessly to provide the players with the best support and rehabilitation they can, and we look forward to welcoming all the boys back to training when they’re ready.”

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