Bradford Bulls have received a major injury boost after it was revealed that star centre Matty Blythe does not need surgery after all.
Blythe was struck down by an infection which left him hospitalised following a procedure he hoped would solve a back problem.
He was set for an operation which would have sidelined him until July but has now been cleared to play and could initially play for Oxford or Coventry to build up his match fitness.
“It’s a huge boost to have Matty back in contention after it looked like he would miss the vast majority of the season,” said Bradford coach James Lowes.
“He comes back at a crucial time for us as we move towards the halfway stage in the season.
“We are looking to kick on now towards the business end of the year. Matty is obviously hugely experienced and offers us major versatility which is going to be important.
“He runs hard and has proved his worth over the years in Bulls colours. We look forward to seeing him back in action.”