Morgan Knowles returns for St Helens as Salford only name 18

Morgan Knowles

Morgan Knowles has been included in St Helens’ squad to face Salford this Sunday at the AJ Bell Stadium.

The England international has served his one-match suspension for a Grade A late hit on passer charge during the club’s 25-0 victory over Huddersfield.

Knowles missed the golden point win over Wakefield but returns in replacement of Dan Norman.

That’s the only change made by Kristian Woolf for Sunday’s fixture.

Salford only name 18 players

Meanwhile Salford boss Paul Rowley has only managed to name an 18-man squad for the visit of the reigning champions.

Forward Sitaleki Akauola returns from his two-match suspension picked up at this year’s Magic Weekend

Full-back Ryan Brierley misses out. Dan Sarginson has been named again, having missed out of the club’s 24-11 victory over Toulouse last week.

St Helens: Welsby, Grace, Lomax, Walmsley, Roby, Lees, Batchelor, Knowles, Lussick, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Sironen, Paasi, Wingfield, Bell, Davies, Hurrell, Bennison, Baxter, Hill, Pemberton, Delaney.

Salford: Sio, Watkins, Lafai, Burgess, Croft, Sneyd, Akauola, Ackers, Burke, Taylor, Lannon, Atkin, Ormondroyd, Williams, Sarginson, Luckley, Cross, Gerrard.

Injury crisis

Huddersfield only managed to name a 19-man squad for their clash against Warrington on Saturday. Hull KR suffered more injury concerns in their defeat to Wigan, having already travelled without a major part of their team due to injuries.

Will Dagger suffered a ruptured achilles, while Lachlan Coote failed a head injury assessment during the first half. On debut, Charlie Cavanaugh dislocated his knee cap, while fellow debutant Connor Moore left the field after just two minutes.  

McGuire added after the 46-4 defeat: “Paul Rowley [Salford coach] sent me a really nice message as he’s been struggling to put a team out the last couple of weeks. We’re not the only ones. I don’t want people to feel sorry for us. We’re probably just doing it a bit harder.”

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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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