Robins forced to draft in academy talent as Kelly misses out

Hull KR’s injury crisis has deepened ahead of the weekend trip to Widnes, with star half-back Albert Kelly ruled out of the clash against the league leaders.

Kelly and Graeme Horne both picked up knocks during the loss to St Helens last Friday, meaning that there are places in the squad for two youngsters promoted from the City of Hull Academy earlier this week.

Kieran Moran and Joe Wardill are both included, with the third of three changes seeing young half-back Matty Marsh back in the Robins squad, at the expense of forward James Green, who is suspended.

Hull KR squad to face Widnes: Allgood, Blair, Clarkson, Cockayne, Dixon, Greenwood, Holker, Lawler, Marsh, Minns, Moran, Mulhern, Salter, Shaw, Sio, Thornley, Tilse, Walker, Wardill.