Sean Long could be set to return from rugby league retirement, as Salford half-back Marc Sneyd injured his leg yesterday.
There were fears the 21-year-old Sneyd’s leg had broken during the Reds’ loss to Hull, but x-rays proved otherwise. He is now in a race against time to be fit for Saturday’s London Broncos clash.
Long, 35, only retired 12 months ago and has since been part of Salford’s coaching staff – but Reds coach Phil Veivers acknowledged him as a potential replacement.
Veivers said: "We're waiting for him to come in for treatment but I'd say it was just bruising.
"Longy was registered as cover so he'd be playing if Marc Sneyd had broken his leg but we'll ice him up and see how he is.
"I'll be giving Marc as long as possible to prove his fitness."
Long has maintained fitness playing rugby union with Preston Grasshoppers.
The former St Helens scrum half retired following a series of injuries while playing with Hull.