BOSS James Ford reckons there remains a chance Josh Jordan-Roberts could pass fit for York City Knights' big grudge match at former club Bradford Bulls this weekend.

Jordan-Roberts was taken to hospital after Sunday's rout of Barrow Raiders having suffered a head injury late in the second half in a collision with Ryan Johnston when he closed down the Raiders half-back as he kicked the ball.

It had appeared reasonably innocuous at the time but the medics immediately signalled on the pitch that the 20-year-old second-row needed to be substituted.

Ford, nevertheless, said he could "potentially be available" for the trip to Odsal this Sunday.

"He's being checked and he's progressing along the concussion protocol," explained the head coach.

"There are certain things players need to do (after a head injury) and if they progress through them and pass certain tests they're eligible to play."

Jordan-Roberts, who had a loan spell at Bradford from Leeds in 2017, joined York just before last season's crucial clash at Odsal in July but did not feature in that thrilling victory.

He did, however, play eight times in the run-in as the Knights pipped the Bulls to the League One title, and he has started all three games so far this year.

Ford added of the injury: "I didn't think it was a massive incident at the time but it was good that the medical team acted so swiftly and dealt with it so professionally."

Loose-forward Marcus Stock, who sat out the win over Barrow with a minor groin strain, has trained this week and looks like being in contention for the Odsal clash.

Fellow packmen Sam Scott and Tim Spears are also "progressing well" in their rehabilitation but will not be up for selection for "another couple of weeks" according to Ford.

Winger Matt Chilton, however, is still struggling with his knee injury and is set to get a second opinion.

Ford explained: "He's not recovered as we'd thought he would so we're asking somebody else and we'll get more detail from that."