Super League preview: Greg Eden could make Hull KR debut against Widnes
Last Updated: February 17, 2013 2:41pm
Greg Eden: Expected to make his Hull KR debut this weekend
Hull KR expect full-back Greg Eden to finally make his debut for the club against Widnes Vikings having included him in their 19-man squad for Saturday's clash.
The Robins are still searching for their first win of the season and will be hoping to replicate last season's form against the Vikings when they picked up home and away victories.
Eden is included having recovered from the hamstring injury that sidelined him for the first two games of the season.
Centre Kris Welham has recovered from a broken hand, while hooker Lincoln Withers misses out after picking up a nasty gash to the head in last Saturday's defeat at Wakefield.
Widnes coach Denis Betts brings in Steve Pickersgill to replace suspended prop Ben Cross while centre Chris Dean, who missed last week's defeat by St Helens through illness, returns in place of Cameron Phelps, who has an ankle injury.
"We know that it's going to be tough and physical up there and the weather isn't going to be great," Betts told his club's official website.
"It's early in the season and Rovers will be well aware that they'll have to find some form soon. Being at home, they're probably thinking that in Widnes, they're facing a side that they can get a good result against.
"They'll come into the game with a lot of energy and enthusiasm in an attempt to get their season started and we've got to absorb that and then go another step forward in our performance and take the game back to them.
"Although it's not as bad as we first feared, we've still lost Cameron Phelps with an ankle injury but fortunately Chris Dean is now fit again after an illness and he'll fill that spot with ease.
"We've also got Steve Pickersgill, Ben Kavanagh and Ben Davies sitting in the wings waiting for an opportunity and as hard as it is on Ben Cross to miss out, from my point of view at least we have players there ready to go and step straight back in."
Hull KR squad: Salter, Caro, Ferguson, Horne, Walker, Paterson, Mika, Tuimavave, Welham, Griffin, J Hodgson, Paea, Carlile, Hall, Dobson, D Hodgson, Eden, Lovegrove, Heil
Widnes squad: Allen, Briscoe, Cahill, Clarke, Dean, Flynn, Gerrard, Hanbury, Hock, Isa, Joseph, Kavanagh, Leuluai, Marsh, Mellor, O'Carroll, Pickersgill, White, Winterstein