Salford Red Devils v Leeds Rhinos: McDermott ponders selection headaches

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LEEDS RHINOS coach Brian McDermott admits he has some selection headaches ahead of Sunday’s trip to Salford Red Devils.

LEEDS RHINOS coach Brian McDermott admits he has some selection headaches ahead of Sunday’s trip to Salford Red Devils.

Brian McDermott. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Brian McDermott. PIC: Jonathan Gawthorpe

Centre Joel Moon and second-row Brett Delaney each suffered a rib injury in Monday’s 48-22 win over Wakefield Trinity Wildcats.

But McDermott is spoiled for choice in the pivotal roles, with Liam Sutcliffe, Kevin Sinfield, Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire all fit and available.

Sutcliffe retained the stand-off spot against Wakefield, with Burrow making his first start of the season, at scrum-half.

Sinfield returned from injury at loose-forward and McGuire was among the substitutes.

McDermott said: “I have had selection dilemmas since round one and I continue to have them.

“They’re not easy calls to make, but you have to make the right call for the team, where we are going and what we are about.

“I thought Rob was very good, he started the game really well as a No 7 and his kicking game in particular was very good.

“He is a good player, very good.”

Meanwhile, McDermott said Jamie Jones-Buchanan (hamstring) is around two weeks away from returning to action.

Kylie Leuluai remains on the casualty list and McDermott added: “There’s an option that he may have to have an operation on his biceps.

“We’re not sure if he’s going to go ahead with that. If he does it’s going to be a period of time when he’s out, likely 12 weeks, which is not ideal at all, given that it’s his last season.

“But we’ll get him back for the right end of the year if he does have the op’.”

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