Casualty Ward: Salford suffer double blow & Matty Ashton latest

Salford Red Devils

Salford Red Devils will be without back-rowers Shane Wright and James Greenwood for several months through injury.

Greenwood, 30, left the field at the DW Stadium during their clash with Wigan in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup. His injury comes as another blow to Salford, with the club having lost back-rower Shane Wright for a lengthy period midweek.

Head coach Paul Rowley said: “James has a suspected syndesmosis, I think it is called lisfranc.

“He will be out for quite a bit of time. I would suspect he’d be out for a couple of months at the minimum so that’s both of our back-rowers gone now.

Wright, 26, has suffered a hamstring injury and is expected to be out for a couple of months.

Harvey Livett will also spend an extended period in the treatment room.

The 25-year-old England Knights international has picked up another niggle on his calf.

Matty Ashton latest

Warrington winger Matty Ashton missed his side’s tie with Wakefield in the latest Challenge Cup action. Connor Wrench returned from injury for the first time since round one. He replaced the former Swinton man on the wing.

Ashton has suffered a calf injury, but it appears to be short-term.

Full-back Stefan Ratchford will be sidelined for up to four weeks, head coach Daryl Powell has confirmed.

Ratchford, 33, left the field through injury in their Super League loss to Wakefield at the Halliwell Jones Stadium.

Whitehaven provide good news on Liam Cooper

Whitehaven provided a positive update on Liam Cooper, who left the field through injury in their Challenge Cup tie with St Helens.

The club shared on social media: “We’ve had plenty of messages since yesterday’s game about Liam Cooper.

“‘Ronnie’ was stretchered off early on in a neck brace. We are glad to report Liam was up and about in the changing room shortly after being taken off and watched the second half of the game from the dugouts.”

St Helens winger Regan Grace left the field on his return to action but it was only as a precaution, coach Kristian Woolf confirmed.

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Journalist. Joined the Love Rugby League team full time at the start of 2022 having been a freelance reporter for several years. Previously media manager for Swinton and Rochdale.

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