Super League briefing
Team news and statistics ahead of Friday's action in the First Utility Super League, including Salford and Leeds.
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Friday, July 23
Salford recall hooker Gareth Owen from his loan spell at Sheffield and he will be vying with Logan Tomkins to fill the void created by the suspension of Tommy Lee. Prop Lama Tasi is back from a two-match ban and full-back Kevin Locke hopes to make his home debut after missing out last time with a groin strain.
Leeds bring back Liam Sutcliffe following the loss of skipper Kevin Sinfield to suspension and forwards Brad Singleton and Josh Walters are back in contention. Danny McGuire will captain the side.
Last season: Salford 16 Leeds 42, Leeds 42 Salford 14.
Last six league matches: Salford W L L W W W Leeds L W W L W D.
Top tryscorers: Francis Meli (Salford) 11; Ryan Hall (Leeds) 15.
Top goalscorers: Jake Mullaney (Salford) 22; Kevin Sinfield (Leeds) 65.
Referee: R Silverwood.
St Helens have scrum-half Luke Walsh returning from a three match-absence with a back problem to offset the loss of his half-back partner Lance Hohaia with a foot injury. Gary Wheeler takes over at stand-off, with Jon Wilkin returning to the pack, and Saints have winger Tom Makinson and Willie Manu back after sitting out the win at London for family reasons.
Widnes have prop Paul Johnson returns in place of Ben Kavanagh while threequarters Patrick Ah Van and Chris Dean are back in contention after sitting out the win over Warrington.
Last season: St Helens 28 Widnes 35, Widnes 4 St Helens 16.
Last six league matches: St Helens L W W L W W Widnes L L W L L W.
Top tryscorers: Tom Makinson (St Helens) 18; Paddy Flynn (Widnes) 13.
Top goalscorers: Luke Walsh (St Helens) 67; Danny Tickle (Widnes) 59.
Referee: B Thaler.