Dale Ferguson set for early return for Bradford Bulls

Bradford are set for a huge injury boost this weekend, as forward Dale Ferguson is set to potentially return from injury against Oldham this weekend.

The Scotland international has yet to make his competitive debut for the Bulls, having been limited to just one friendly due to a back problem. He underwent surgery to correct the issue, and boss Francis Cummins admits he has a real chance of featuring in the Challenge Cup clash with the Roughyeds on Sunday.

“There’s a chance he could be back, but it’ll obviously be a decision we make towards the back end of the week. He’s in full training so we’ll decide whether he gets a squirt on Sunday or whether he’s not quite ready,” Cummins claimed.

“When we make that call though, we will have to err on the side of caution somewhat – which we have to do. But maybe he will get a go this weekend.

It was only two weeks ago Cummins claimed Ferguson would be out for another “month or two”, but Cummins said the Scotland international has progressed well, and handed him a huge injury boost.

“I think like in most things they give you the worst case scenario, and it’s step by step. His rehab has progressed well and he’s ticked every box so far, and that’s really pleasing.

“If it is this weekend that is a huge bonus.”

The good news keeps coming on the injury front for the Bulls, too. Lee Gaskell – initially ruled out for 12 weeks – could be set for an early comeback next weekend against Salford, too – whilst Cummins refused to rule out a return for Liam Sutcliffe to the club, after he was recalled by Leeds this week.

“Lee’s not far away at all, his brace is off and he’s started to do light training. He’s come on well and it’s like he’s never been out really. He could be in contention for Salford providing everything goes well this week and next. But we’ll monitor it as we go along.

“I wouldn’t rule it out. There’s Easter just around the corner so I totally understand that from Leeds. But it’s been beneficial from us, so if Brian decides he needs gametime again that will happen.”7

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