Leeds Rhinos: Nine are ruled out for Leeds

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AT LEAST nine Leeds Rhinos players are unavailable for tonight’s trip to Salford Red Devils (kick-off 6.30pm).

Joel Moon (groin) and Josh Walters (foot) have joined a casualty list which also includes Tom Briscoe (shoulder), Ryan Hall (ankle), Jimmy Keinhorst (calf), Brett Ferres (calf) and Stevie Ward (knee).

Adam Cuthbertson and Brett Delaney are in the 19, but coach Brian McDermott says they won’t play. But back in contention are Ashton Golding (ankle), plus Jordan Baldwinson and Jordan Lilley.

Carl Forster drops out from the Salford team beaten at Wakefield a week ago. Craig Kopczak could replace him and Tommy Lee and Ryan Lannon are also back in contention.

Salford Red Devils: from O’Brien, Carney, Sa’u, Jones, J Griffin, Wood, Dobson, Kopczak, Tomkins, G Griffin, Murdoch-Masila, Sarsfield, Flanagan, Evalds, A Walne, J Walne, Krasniqi, Lee, Lannon.

Leeds Rhinos: from Golding, Handley, Watkins, Sutcliffe, Hardaker, McGuire, Burrow, Galloway, Falloon, Cuthbertson, Achurch, Ablett, Jones-Buchanan, Mullally, Garbutt, Singleton, Delaney, Lilley, Baldwison.

Referee: Phil Bentham (RFL).

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