Salford boss Paul Rowley provides update on injured quartet

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Salford coach Paul Rowley has revealed that winger Joe Burgess could return for Thursday’s home clash against Hull KR.

Burgess was forced to watch their 20-10 win at Leigh in the opening round from the sidelines through injury.

However, the former England international could be back for their visit of Hull KR in Thursday night’s televised match.

Rowley said: “Joe is nearing fitness so we’ll just see how he is in the next two days. There is a possibility he will be in the squad.”

One player that won’t be returning this week is new signing Adam Sidlow. The 35-year-old prop remains sidelined but is a possibility to return against Warrington in Round Three.

There is positive news on the injury front for Danny Addy. The Scotland international trained with Rowley’s side for the first time on Monday since suffering a season-ending injury last July.

Rowley says Addy and new recruit Andrew Dixon are around two or three weeks away from returning to the field.

Rhys Williams gives Paul Rowley selection dilemma

The absence of winger Burgess provided an opportunity to Wales international Rhys Williams, who impressed in their win at Leigh.

Rowley said: “Rhys was really good. He played exactly the kind of game you want in Round One. He was really tough and reliable for us.

“I was really pleased for Rhys. He does it tough, being the third winger is tough, it’s like being a reserve goalie in football.

“Rhys waited for his opportunity and took it with both hands, he was fantastic. He has given me a right headache this week so I’m not sure which way to go with that one.”

Rowley also revealed that winger Ken Sio came through the Leigh game unscathed.

The Red Devils boss added: “He came through fine to be honest but we took a gamble. He wasn’t declared fit but we declared him fit and Kenny declared himself fit. We took a gamble but it paid off thankfully and he had a good game.

“We came through unscathed and healthy so that’s another positive to the weekend.”

Salford welcome Hull KR to the AJ Bell Stadium on Thursday night, live on Sky Sports (8pm).

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