Catalans Dragons (Match betting – 4/6) head coach Steve McNamara is ready to welcome back hooker Mickey McIlorum for the match against Hull KR at Craven Park (5/4).
The Betfred Super League leaders are currently suffering with injury problems, exacerbated by captain Ben Garcia breaking his arm last week – an injury which could keep him out for the remainder of the season.
Julien Bousquet, Matt Whitley, and Tom Davies are also currently on the sidelines.
McNamara has hinted in recent weeks that he is ready to step into the market if “the right players” become available, with former St Helens prop Luke Thompson linked with a Super League return.
However, the Perpignan outfit have been handed a boost ahead of their Monday evening clash with sixth-place Hull KR with McIlorum and second-row Mike McMeeken set to return to action.
“Micky (McIlorum), at a push, could have played against Wakefield but with Monday coming up quickly we’re hoping he will feature for us very soon, ” said McNamara.
“We miss him, and his aggression and the way he moves around the field defensively but Alrix Da Costa is developing really well.”
Despite their problems with injuries, Catalans (Grand Final winners – 5/2) are currently on a sensational run of Super League form.
Their 40-20 win against Wakefield Trinity on Thursday was their 11th consecutive win as they seek to win their first-ever Super League Grand Final.
Monday’s opponents Hull KR have played fewer games than anyone else this season owing to a spate of Covid-19 related postponements.
Their last game was against Catalans on July 24th and they were narrowly beaten 32-30 with Arthur Mourgue’s late kick securing the two points for Dragons after KR had a lead of 14 points at half time.