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Sharp returns to the York City Knights squad while Ford unsure if he will feature against Halifax

Will Sharp has returned to the York City Knights squad which will visit his former club Halifax tomorrow afternoon.

The winger, who joined York from Halifax during the close-season following four seasons with the Blue and Whites, missed last weekend’s Coral Challenge game at London Broncos thanks to a hamstring injury suffered against Leigh Centurions.

Fellow outside back Jason Bass made the squad for the London game but injury prevented him from playing any part within the 24-22 victory that secured the Knights a fifth-round match against Rochdale Hornets.

Like Sharp, Bass is battling a hamstring strain, which head coach James Ford described as a minor knock.

The Knights boss was unsure whether either of the pair would feature this weekend at the Shay, but are likely to be fit the club’s first home match of the 2020 Betfred Championship against London on March 8.

Winger Perry Whiteley remains sidelined with a foot injury and, should neither Sharp or Bass be fit, Ford may call upon dual registration winger Lewis Carr.

The Castleford Tigers youngster and former Yorkshire ‘Origin’ representative featured for the Knights during pre-season against Halifax last month.

Prop forward Joe Porter misses out on a spot within the 21-man squad as his struggles with an ankle knock continue.

The former York Acorn amateur picked up the blow within the season opener at Toulouse Olympique.

Ford said that they didn’t think that it had been so bad like that since he tried to play the last 15 minutes with it.

“And he was also a true handful for Toulouse therein period. We didn’t think that it would continue for this long.”

York City Knights squad: Marsh, Keinhorst, Salter, Sharp, Johnston, Robinson, Jubb, Teanby, Washbrook, Scott, Spears, Brining, Green, Clarkson, Baldwinson, Stock, Bass, Hey, Jordan-Roberts, Wallis, Carr (DR).