JAMES FORD has rated three York City Knights players as having an “outside chance” of playing against Widnes Vikings on Sunday (3pm).

York travel to Betfred Championship play-off-challenging rivals Widnes this weekend in the final match ahead of this month’s international break.

The Knights will hoping to be able to call upon the services of Brendan O’Hagan, Ronan Michael and Levi Edwards for the trip to Cheshire.

O’Hagan has not featured for York since suffering a hamstring pull against Bradford Bulls last month.

Meanwhile Edwards and Michael, on loan from Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants respectively, last played for the Knights in April and March respectively, the latter through an ankle issue and the former through an unspecified injury by the club.

“Ronan Michael, Brendan O’Hagan and Levi Edwards will be touch-and-go for Widnes,” reported head coach Ford.

“Unless something unforeseen happens, they’ll be shoe-ins for the Whitehaven game two weeks after,” he said, before adding that he hoped winger Will Oakes, currently absent with a groin problem, is hoped to be available for the trip to Cumbria.

Ford continued on the forwards that were missing from Sunday's 36-34 win over London Broncos: “(Jack) Teanby, (Ronan) Dixon, (Masi) Matongo and (Will) Jubb, the players who were rotated to keep them fresh, will all be available.

“We picked up a bit of an injury to Jacob Ogden, he rolled his ankle and he has gone to hospital for an x-ray. Fingers crossed that it’s good news on that one.”

York suffered their first defeat since February against Halifax Panthers last month but have since responded with successive wins over Sheffield Eagles and London Broncos.

Ford revealed: “We’ve set a goal to get three from three in terms of our response to the Halifax performance and we’ve got two from two now.

“Now, we want to go over to Widnes and make sure that we nail it.”