OPPOSITION CORNER: Salford's results downturn coincides with rise in injuries (From Warrington Guardian)
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OPPOSITION CORNER: Results downturn of Warrington Wolves' next opponents coincides with rise in injuries
SALFORD Red Devils’ injury woes show no sign of relenting ahead of Warrington Wolves visit on Friday, making the loan signing of Dominic Manfredi a very welcome addition for Brian Noble’s squad.
Salford, led by ex-Wolves captain Adrian Morley, have been without the physical presence of Gareth Hock since the England second rower suffered an ankle injury against St Helens two rounds ago.
Although named in the 19-man squad, Australian Jake Mullaney took a blow against Widnes Vikings last week and may add to the Red Devils’ ever-increasing casualties, which have included former Man of Steel Rangi Chase, prop Darrell Griffin and centre Francis Meli.
Add to that a suspension for NRL recruit Steve Rapira after he was charged with making dangerous contact on Vikings’ Alex Gerrard and the hosts’ squad is looking depleted.
However, Manfredi joined on a one-month loan deal this week and the hotly-tipped Wigan Warriors utility back could be in line to make his Salford debut.
The 20-year-old starred in Wigan’s 46-24 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats at the DW Stadium in his only Super League appearance of the 2014 campaign to date.
The Red Devils’ growing injury list coincides with a downturn in form which has seen them beaten in their previous two outings – a reversal of Wolves’ opening stint.
Salford started with wins against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats and London Broncos, but failed to record a point when they hosted St Helens and were comfortably beaten at Vikings.
Wolves fans are advised to arrive early due to congestion on match days near the AJ Bell Stadium, which resulted in the fixture with St Helens being delayed by 15 minutes.
Red Devils' 19-man squad: Matty Ashurst, Andrew Dixon, Theo Fages, Martin Gleeson, Harrison Hansen, Greg Johnson, Tommy Lee, Dom Manfredi, Adrian Morley, Shannon McPherson, Jake Mullaney, Tony Puletua, Junior Sa’u, Tim Smith, Lama Tasi, Adam Walne, Jordan Walne, Jason Walton, Danny Williams.
Wolves’ 19-man squad: Roy Asotasi, Ryan Atkins, Chris Bridge, Ben Evans, Rhys Evans, Simon Grix, Micky Higham, Chris Hill, James Laithwaite, Joel Monaghan, Michael Monaghan, Richie Myler, Gareth O’Brien, Gene Ormsby, Stefan Ratchford, Glenn Riley, Matthew Russell, Trent Waterhouse, Ben Westwood.
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