Murrell expected to recover in time for Leigh showdown

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Halifax coach Karl Harrison expects influential skipper Scott Murrell to be fit to play in next Wednesday’s Championship fixture at unbeaten Leigh (8.0).

Murrell limped from the field 10 minutes from time in Sunday’s 28-14 league win at Keighley with a combination of ankle and knee injuries.

But Harrison expects the former Hull KR playmaker to recover in time to face Paul Rowley’s unbeaten Championship leaders, who take on Super League giants Leeds in the Challenge Cup on Friday night.

“Scott’s knee is okay but his ankle is sore, he’s been struggling to walk this week,” said Harrison, who also has doubts over Paul Mennell, Ben Kaye and Ryan Fieldhouse.

“If we were playing on Sunday, I think he’d struggle but with those extra three days I would think his chances are pretty good.”

Whether Murrell figures or not, Harrison will continue to try to find a way to unlock his side’s attacking game, with half back Simon Brown, who spent a month on loan at Batley and has not been sighted at first team level for several months, a possible option.

“We’ll continue to look at both selection and formations,” said Harrison, who watched his side built an apparently match winning lead against Leigh at the Shay in April before collapsing in the second half.

“Simon’s an option and I thought Mennell played well in the halves at the end of the Keighley game; we’ll keep working at it,” said Harrison.

“We just need to stay focused on what we’re trying to achieve.

“Leigh are having a fantastic season and it’s not going to be easy, but we’ll be going there to try and shock them.

“The way the game went last time we played them really hurt us.

“It undermined the confidence of our team and I think we’re only just recovering from that.

“It’s a big game and we’re going to do our utmost to win it.”