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Kevin Brown raises massive concern for Super League side

We are headed into Round 17 of the Betfred Super League and it is a vitally important week for all 12 Super League teams.

There are two who collide at opposite ends of the table who need big weeks respectively.

One of those is Wakefield Trinity who go into the game still bottom of the league and to make matters worse the gap is again six points.

That is after Castleford Tigers defeated Warrington Wolves last week but arguably Trinity have a big opportunity to flip things on its head this week because of the injuries their opponents have.

Nonetheless, Wakefield are in a strong position themselves with Luke Gale set for his home debut this week.

It is a very different story for opponents Salford Red Devils. The Red Devils are in a play-off battle but suffered a blow on Sunday when they lost to Wigan Warriors.

That defeat was exacerbated by a new injury concern for the Red Devils. They lost Ryan Brierley to a head knock and he failed his Head Injury Assessment which meant that he was always going to miss this fixture.

They now only have one of their four spine player available with Brodie Croft and Andy Ackers still injured.

This means only Marc Sneyd is available and that there will be plenty of pressure on Chris Atkin.

They are also only able to name a 20-man squad.

These injuries made it difficult for Salford last week against Wigan Warriors.

This brings to light a massive concern for Salford in the mind of Kevin Brown.

“I think that’s probably the difference or the frustrating part for everyone connected with Salford is they’ve got a squad that is nowhere near as big as other squads,” he said on The Last Tackle.

“They’re quality, but they don’t have depth and without Croft and Ackers it was always going to be difficult. As soon as Brierley went off it looked like they could still be playing now and wouldn’t score.

“I’m not sure what they do this week in terms of turning that around, because personnel wise they don’t look like they’re going to be able to play the Paul Rowley moneyball style play, throwing it around.”

Brown also had his say on Andy Ackers: “I think the importance of him is somewhat underrated, he makes that link between the forwards and the backs seamless.”

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