Gaskell has ’80 per cent chance’ of returning this Friday

Bradford stand-off Lee Gaskell claims he is confident of making a return to first-team action this Friday against former club Salford Red Devils.

The 23-year-old damaged his MCL ligament against Wakefield Wildcats on February 20. He told the T&A: “I’m 80 per cent confident I’ll be playing on Friday and it’ll be good to come up against some of my old friends.

“I really pushed on with my rehab’ last week, doing a lot of agility and speed, and it’s gone very well. Hopefully I can push on again and we can kick on with a win on Friday.”

Gaskell signed for the Bulls in the off-season from St Helens, but previously enjoyed a successful loan spell with the Red Devils.

“I enjoyed it there and it was a good time in my career,” he said.

“I got plenty of game-time and I can’t thank the people there enough for the opportunity they gave me.

“I played full back in most of the games but I just enjoyed my rugby, to be honest. It was a good team spirit, although we would have liked to have won more games than we did.

“I needed a bit of space to just enjoy my rugby again and going to Salford brought the best out of me. The games that I played I played consistently well in and that is what I needed.

“Brian Noble wanted me to stay there but when Franny came along with a good offer and I met up with him, it sounded like Bradford were going places. I just wanted to be a part of what was going on here.

“I’ve played little more than one game after getting injured early on at Wakey, so it will be good to get back out there with the boys.”

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