MATTY BLYTHE is preparing to make a long-awaited return to Bradford Bulls action, after being cleared to face Hull Kingston Rovers this weekend.
The 25-year-old suffered a hand injury in training prior to the turn of the new year and was ruled out of action for up to three months.
However, following weeks of intense rehabilitation, the former Warrington Wolves talent is in-line to feature on Sunday having returned to full fitness – ahead of schedule.
“This has been an incredibly frustrating period for me,” said Blythe, who agreed a permanent deal with the Bulls last year.
“I felt as though I was in the best shape of my career when I picked up the injury, which made matters worse really.
“The timing was unfortunate but the boys have been great and have picked me up.
“I have worked really hard, getting myself back in shape, and I am hopeful of making the team this weekend.
“It has been really tough, looking on during games from the bench. I can help out at training, but there is nothing you can do from the sidelines.
“But I am hopeful that all of this is now behind me, giving me a chance to make some inroads on the field and catch up.
“Good news appears to be on the horizon for the club as a whole – and I am excited about the weeks and months ahead.”
Head coach Francis Cummins will name his 19-man squad for Sunday's trip to Humberside on Friday afternoon.
And, being proudly sponsored by Smith Harrison for the 2014 campaign, Blythe is in-line to be included within it as the Bulls go in search of their third victory of the season against winless Hull KR.
“They are a difficult team to play, whether they are winning or not,” he added.
“It is a tough place to go and we have a huge amount of improving to do.
“It is all about putting 100 per-cent in and getting the results, which we will be attempting to do this weekend.”
Meanwhile, both Luke George and Chev Walker will miss Sunday's round six First Utility Super League contest.
Wingman George suffered a hamstring injury during Sunday's defeat by his former club, Huddersfield Giants, and is facing a spell on the sidelines as a result.
Walker, meanwhile, has been handed a one-match ban and fined £300 after pleading guilty to a 'Grade B' striking offence committed in the 20th minute of the same match.
North Stand tickets for the weekend clash are still available, which is set to take place at the Rovers' new-look KC Lightstream Stadium home.
Admission is priced at at £23 (adults), £16 (concessions and students) and £12 (juniors aged 5-16).
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