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Warrington Wolves will likely be without Adrian Morley and Michael Monaghan for visit of Salford City Reds
With both players battling to overcome their respective problems – Morley sidelined with a neck injury and Monaghan still suffering from the knee cartilage injuries that have kept him out since the March 30 defeat to St Helens – Wolves boss Tony Smith is likely to keep faith with a similar side to the one that handed Bradford Bulls a cup exit on home turf at the weekend.
After the long stint played by hooker Micky Higham, with only temporary back-up Simon Grix on hand to replace him, it is likely that Smith will welcome 19-year-old Brad Dwyer back into the side after a week off from first-team duty, while the stand-out performances of Garreth Carvell and Ben Harrison off the bench could have earned them starting places.
But the temptation to field a much-changed side against a Salford team who have lost their last four Super League matches is one that Smith will be avoiding, especially with Salford’s 18-16 win on their last visit still fresh in his memory.
“They beat us here last season and they are not struggling as much as their form would suggest,” he said.
“They are a decent team. They play some attractive rugby league and they probably play more attacking rugby league this year than they have in recent years.
“For that reason they become more of a threat and more of a danger to each and every team.
“In terms of results, they would probably have liked a couple of different results in recent weeks but they are not far off and every team goes through their ups and downs through the season.
“They led the cup game against Leeds at the weekend and you cannot do that without performing well.”