CHRIS Green’s role in Leigh’s biggest match for years will likely be restricted to water carrying duties.

But the double Challenge Cup winner’s disappointment at missing Saturday’s 1895 AB Sundecks Cup against Featherstone is mitigated by the health scare that almost cost him his right arm.

Happily, the former Hull FC and Wakefield forward is on the road to recovery and looking forward to playing a major part in Centurions’ push for Super League.

However, when eventually rushed into surgery with a major infection, a return to action was the last thing on the player’s mind.

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Green, 32, who spent a loan spell with Leigh’s opponents, Featherstone in 2014, suffered a broken arm in the first few minutes of Centurions’ round two clash at Post Office Road, briefly playing on before leaving the field.

“Even after the initial surgery I thought I’d be back playing within six to eight weeks, but it turned into a horror story,” he told Journal Sport.

“I had done plenty of running and fitness, plenty of gym work. Then I noticed a lump in the arm and the pain just got worse.

“Around Easter time, I was in agony and took myself off to A and E. They admitted me that night.

“At first, no-one really explained how bad it was until I spoke to Sam Vollans (a trauma surgeon at Leeds General Infirmary).

“He took me under his wing and told me I needed to be sorted as soon as possible because potentially I could lose the arm the infection was so bad.

“My head was spinning and it was a pretty tough time,” added Green, a dad of two. A 2016 and 2017 Wembley winner with Hull, he needed two operations to clear the infection from the ends of the bone.

“I wondered if my career was over, how I was going to provide for the family. But happily now I am finally on the right track.

“I had an x ray last week which showed signs of the bone healing. I see the consultant on June 13 when hopefully, I will get the go ahead to resume normal training.

“There are plenty of games left in the rest of the season. I hope to be fighting fit for these.”

Green took on water carrying duties during last Sunday’s 58-6 defeat of Workington including four tries on debut for Australian star, Blake Ferguson.

“I have asked Lammy if I can do it again on Saturday; get used to that game day experience again,” he said. “He’s been really supportive.

“He talks a lot about the team being on a journey from the start of the season. I have been on my own journey with this arm.

“He kept me positive throughout the whole process and hopefully there is light at the end of the tunnel.”