James Greenwood: Salford Red Devils forward suffers major blow

James Greenwood Salford Red Devils
James Greenwood of Salford Red Devils leaves the pitch on crutches after picking up an injury during the game

Salford will be without back-rower James Greenwood for at least a couple of months, Red Devils coach Paul Rowley has confirmed.

The 30-year-old forward left the field in the first half of Salford’s 20-0 defeat at Wigan in the sixth round of the Challenge Cup.

Greenwood suffered the ankle injury in a challenge with Wigan captain Tommy Leuluai. His injury comes as another blow to Salford, with the club having lost back-rower Shane Wright for a lengthy period midweek.

Speaking after the game, 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.

“He can’t get any continuity James. I don’t think he’s done three games in a row for something like two-and-a-half years so its not good. It’s not good for him and I feel really sorry for him but it’s also not good for the team.”

 

Rowley: We got rolled from start to finish

The Warriors were on the front foot throughout. Liam Byrne, Liam Marshall and John Bateman scored to seal a comfortable win to put them into the quarter-finals.

On Salford’s display, Rowley said: “We got rolled in the middle from start to finish. We made too many errors.

“Our edges were really good and defended really well. I got asked about how we’d deal with Jai Field. He’s terrorised defences week in, week out, but I thought we cleaned up pretty well. They bombarded the middle, picked a really big bench and just stayed on it. They didn’t do much with the ball but they played tough.

“If we keep hold of the ball instead of losing the 15 times then we have a shootout at the end.

“It wasn’t a thrilling game to be honest, it felt like I’d been sat there for four hours watching.”

The Challenge Cup quarter-finals draw takes place at half-time in the Leeds-Castleford tie on Saturday, covered live on BBC Two.

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