Onyango sidelined for two months

Oldham have suffered a major injury setback with the news that winger Lucas Onyango will be sidelined for at least two months with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

The 30-year-old Kenyan, in his fifth season with the Roughyeds, was injured during the pre-match warm-up ahead of the game against Doncaster at the Whitebank Stadium on Sunday.

The concerns of the club’s medical team were confirmed that evening at the Royal Oldham Hospital where Onyango is still detained while waiting for an operation. He is expected to have it today or tomorrow and to be kept in hospital until weekend.

A favourite of the Whitebank crowd, Onyango has scored 69 tries in 97 cup-and-league appearances for the Roughyeds, stretching back to 2007.

Roughyeds also have two players appearing before the RFL disciplinary committee on Thursday, Mark Brocklehurst for allegedly making a dangerous throw in the game at Whitehaven on Easter Monday and Jason Boults for making foul and abusive language to a match official. They will be accompanied by club chairman Chris Hamilton.

Suspension will rule them out of the Roughyeds’ fourth round Challenge Cup tie at Hull FC on Saturday (1pm kick off).

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