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Super League Injury Round-Up: England man out for the season as Leeds Rhinos and St Helens without stars

After the 21-man squads for Friday and Saturday’s Super League fixtures have been announced, a number of big names will be missing…

Friday night Super League news

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Wigan Warriors remain without full-back Jai Field due to his hamstring problem, and Willie Isa due to his ankle injury.

However, they’re also without Kruise Leeming, who drops out of the squad for Friday night.

Head coach Matt Peet has revealed: “He has got a Syndesmosis so he’s probably going to be out for around the six-week mark.”

However, Adam Keighran and Tyler Dupree are back in the Warriors squad.

Leigh Leopards welcome back John Asiata and Robbie Mulhern in after injury lay-offs, while Gareth O’Brien has also returned to the side.

Dan Norman, Ben McNamara and Nathan Wilde drop out.

St Helens have Jonny Lomax returning to the squad after a hand injury, but will be without Daryl Clark due to a muscle tear and Konrad Hurrell due to a neck injury, in fresh injury concerns.

They remain without the likes of Alex Walmsley, Joe Batchelor, Morgan Knowles and Tommy Makinson, amongst others.

Meanwhile, a huge blow for Castleford Tigers sees Sam Wood out for the remainder of the campaign with a shoulder injury sustained against France in the mid-season test in Toulouse,

In addition, Nixon Putt’s quad injury will keep him out for a few weeks, as will Sam Hall’s shoulder injury and Sylvester Namo’s jaw injury.

Added to the concerns is the sustained absence of Paul McShane, whose condition remains unclear even to Craig Lingard, who said in the pre-game press conference: ”

“It’s an open ended one. We don’t know how bad that situation is going to be or how quickly that could resolve.

“It could be a case of he gets the all-clear next week to return to full training, or within two or three weeks he could be back, or it could be season-ending.

“We’re a bit sat on the fence, we don’t really know, so there’s no point us giving a timeframe on it until we fully know the extent of the damage that’s there.”

Paul McShane of Castleford on a run during the Super League match between Castleford and Salford Red Devils at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford

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Louis Senior also remains out until close to the end of the season.

Warrington Wolves remain without Jordy Crowther due to his ankle problem and Joe Philbin with an adductor injury.

Matty Ashton, named in the squad, will hope his back injury doesn’t stop him from playing, and Luke Thomas and Leon Hayes are still unavailable due to season-ending injuries.

Huddersfield Giants are now without Esan Marsters for a number of weeks due to a knee injury picked up against Catalans, but Sam Hewitt is available after a concussion.

Adam Swift is still out for another five weeks or so, Leroy Cudjoe is nearing a return to action, as is Connor Carr, but Jack Murchie will be back in 2025 after a successful surgery.

Saturday Super League news

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Leeds Rhinos have, returning, Harry Newman, Ash Handley, Andy Ackers and Sam Lisone, which will be welcome news for supporters.

However, they still have a long injury list including Morgan Gannon, Luis Roberts, Tom Holroyd and a number of others.

For London Broncos, Sam Davis and Rob Butler return after injury but are yet to get Jack Campagnolo, Dean Parata and Illiess Macani back, while Bill Leyland is out for the season with an ACL injury.

Hull KR have Matt Parcell back after missing a trip to Castleford through injury, but remains without Oli Gildart and James Batchelor, while Jai Whitbread won his race to be fit due to a groin concern.

Finally, Catalans Dragons, who already knew Mike McMeeken would be out until September, have now received news that Tanguy Zenon and Manu Ma’u will miss the rest of the season.

Sunday Super League News

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There is just one game on Sunday but the team news for it is significant with one major returnee but several notable absentees.

Salford Red Devils take on Hull FC at home and it’s the visitors who carry the most injuries into the game with recent issues having occurred for a handful of players, including new signing Jed Cartwright.

The Australian played for the club’s Reserves last weekend and had to leave the field after 30 minutes due to a foot injury, something that had left him in a boot for precautionary reasons.

Both Jack Ashworth and Cam Scott also drop out due to injury with Ashworth facing a “few weeks” out due to an ankle issue whilst Wakefield-bound Scott’s hamstring tear means that he has likely played his last game for the club.

As for their hosts, they welcome back Ryan Brierley but will be without their star centres Nene Macdonald and Tim Lafai which is a massive blow.

Lafai pulled out in the warm-up ahead of the game against St Helens and hasn’t recovered. Macdonald scored in that game but misses out this Sunday in a cruel blow for the Red Devils.

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