Salford v Wakefield: 21-man squads and injury update

Salford and Wakefield have both announced their 21-man squads for Friday night’s round 12 fixture at the Halliwell Jones Stadium (KO 7:30pm).

The game was due to be played a couple of weeks ago before being postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests in the Red Devils’ camp.

While the disruption wasn’t ideal, Salford are now in their best form of the season so far with two wins from their last three, including a 70-18 thrashing of a youthful Castleford Tigers on Sunday.

Trinity, meanwhile, were unable to build on their surprise win over Wigan a few weeks back, with Chris Chester’s depleted side going down 30-14 at home to St Helens last Friday.

Salford Red Devils

Tongan halfback Ata Hingano could be in line to make his Salford debut after being named for the first time since joining the club from Mackay Cutters. He could also link up with fellow countryman Tui Lolohea, who joins Joe Burgess, Sebastine Ikahihifo and Sam Luckley in returning. Dec Patton drops out, as do loanees Ben Davies and Dan Norman, while there’s still no Lee Mossop (suspended), Jack Wells (suspended), Kallum Watkins (knee), Kevin Brown (lower limb), Elijah Taylor, Danny Addy, Dan Sarginson, James Greenwood, Ellis Robson (COVID) and Nathan Roebuck (COVID).

19-man squad: 1 Morgan Escare, 2 Ken Sio, 4 Krisnan Inu, 5 Joe Burgess, 6 Tui Lolohea, 9 Andy Ackers, 10 Sebastine Ikahihifo, 11 Ryan Lannon, 12 Pauli Pauli, 15 Oliver Roberts, 16 Greg Burke, 17 Josh Johnson, 18 Chris Atkin, 20 Harvey Livett, 22 Rhys Williams, 24 Matty Costello, 25 Jack Ormondroyd, 27 Sam Luckley, 33 Ata Hingano.

Wakefield Trinity

Trinity are dealt a blow by the suspensions of Joe Arundel and Ryan Hampshire, while Kyle Wood and Max Jowitt also drop out. Brad Walker returns after missing last week due to COVID-19 protocols, while young trio Ollie Greensmith, who has spent time on loan at Doncaster this season, Harry Bowes and Pat O’Donovan are called up. Tom Johnstone (knee), Jordy Crowther (leg), Bill Tupou (knee), Jack Croft (ACL), Alex Walker (back) and Josh Wood (jaw) remain unavailable.

19-man squad: 4 Reece Lyne, 5 Liam Kay, 6 Jacob Miller, 7 Mason Lino, 8 David Fifita, 10 Tinirau Arona, 11 Matty Ashurst, 12 Kelepi Tanginoa, 13 Joe Westerman, 14 Jay Pitts, 15 Eddie Battye, 16 James Batchelor, 18 Innes Senior, 25 Brad Walker, 26 Yusuf Aydin, 27 Lee Kershaw, 32 Ollie Greensmith, 33 Harry Bowes, 36 Pat O’Donovan.

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