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Saturday, 19 April 2014

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Barrow's injury-plagued Ben’s upbeat on Warrington Wolves return date

BARROW’S own Ben Harrison is upbeat about a quicker than expected return to action with Super League club Warrington after he learned that the early fears of an ACL rupture were unfounded.

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The 24-year-old Harrison is planning to be back hunting with the Wolves within the next 10 weeks.

The former Barrow Island forward suffered a damaged knee in Warrington’s game at Huddersfield last month and was warned to prepare himself for a lengthy lay-off.

But the injury was not quite as bad as first feared – with no anterior crucial ligament damage – and the England international is now working his way towards his comeback.

He said: “I am hoping it will be another eight to 10 weeks. In six weeks I should be able to start running again.”

Although frustrated at the lay-off, he feels he is just another inevitable victim of the modern day game of rugby league.

“The game is faster, the players are stronger and the whole sport has moved up to a different level” he said. “People are going to get injured – it is just part and parcel of the sport.”

He also paid tribute to his team-mates and the medical staff who are helping him to think positively about his return to action.

“I am able to do weights to build up muscle and use the cycle to keep up my strength so things are not so bad,” Harrison added. “I just have to watch my diet. In fact, although the injury came early in the season, I will be able to come back refreshed and that can only be good for the team.

“By the time I return some of the boys may be feeling the aches and pains so I will be able to take some of the work load.

“That’s how it is at Warrington. We have a good team spirit and strength in depth. We have players who can cover for each other.

“David Solomona is out for the season and we have managed to play without him and men like Lee Briers. So although the injury was devastating at the time, we have a good squad and spirit.”

Harrison suffered a two-month lay-off last season with ankle trouble but this injury, however, is a blow to any immediate plans to continue his international career although, at 24, there is still plenty of time to find his way back into Steve McNamara’s squad ahead of the World Cup next year.

“You could say I am upbeat and very positive about the way things are going at the moment,” he said.

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