Murdoch-Masila hurt in Salford win

Salford will assess Ben Murdoch-Masilia after the forward picked up a worrying knee injury in the friendly victory over Rochdale.

Murdoch-Masila last just four minutes before he was forced from the field.

The New Zealander limped from the field after a heavy tackle.

Salford coach Ian Watson said Murdoch-Masila will be examined to determine the seriousness of the injury.

“I’m pleased with it [the win], the worrying thing was the the couple of injuries we had in the first half,” Watson said.

“Ben has hurt his knee. So we’ll just have to be careful with him over the next few days while we assess it and have a little look at it.

“But we’ll be straight on to that to tonight.”

Murdoch-Masila was a key player for Salford in 2016, scoring six tries in 32 appearances after arriving from Penrith.

It was a costly 44-18 victory at Spotland Stadium for the Red Devils as Gareth O’Brien suffered a concussion during the match and had to be carried from the field, while Jordan Walne and Kris Welham also suffered head knocks.

Forward Josh Jones was also substituted with a hand injury.

“He came off as a precaution, we’ll have a little look at that as well,” Watson said.

“Jordan’s OK, he could have come back on. Kris Welham could have come back on, it was just precaution.”

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