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Headingley Insight: Leeds v Salford

In this weeks edition of Headingley Carnegie Insight Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott looks ahead to the trip to Salford this week.
Headingley Insight: Leeds v Salford
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In this weeks edition of Headingley Carnegie Insight Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott looks ahead to the trip to Salford this week.

HOW IS YOUR SQUAD SHAPING UP?

We have lost Brett Delaney and Joel Moon from last week's win at London. Brett had a collision on his knee that will rule him out for three to four weeks. Joel has a foot injury, the initial reports suggest he will be out for a similar period but we will have to see how it responds to treatment. Ryan Bailey was all set to make his return last week at London but he has got an infection in his thumb where he had the surgery. He is having treatment for it and we will see how it responds, worse case scenario he will miss this week but be available for Hull KR the following week. Danny McGuire is now only three or four weeks from coming back and Jamie Jones-Buchanan should not be far behind him. Unfortunately Stevie Ward is out for the season now and his focus is on getting right for 2014.

WILL THE INJURIES DISRUPT YOUR PLANS IN THE COMING WEEKS?

We are getting used to it now and it is something you have to just roll with. I think Alex Foster, Brad Singleton and Liam Sutcliffe have all been outstanding since getting their chance in the side and they have shown the value of our development system. If Alex Foster has not recovered from the rib injury he suffered when colliding with the post at London, then Elliot Minchella will be the latest academy player to make his debut this season. These guys have not just been filling the position in the team, they have really made the spot their own and when everyone is fit there will be some difficult decisions to make.

WHAT ARE YOU EXPECTING FROM SALFORD?

They will be fired up to face us, I am sure of that. They beat Catalan a couple of weeks back and have shown on occasions that they can trouble teams. Whilst they might not be able to make the top eight, they will want to finish the season strongly to give them some momentum to go into next season and a big campaign for all clubs. There are a few ex-Leeds players in their ranks too so I am sure they will be up for a big performance.




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