Eager Swain forced to delay Hull comeback

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Hull have suffered injury setbacks as they prepare to face Leigh in two competitions. They will be without the winger, Gareth Raynor, for six weeks and have delayed Richard Swain's projected return from a broken arm.

Raynor damaged ankle ligaments in training and will miss a crucial stage of the season as they try to consolidate their place in Super League's top six. Swain was hoping to return at hooker tonight, or against Leigh in the Challenge Cup next Saturday, but he now says that the game against Huddersfield on 16 July is a more realistic target. "He is chomping on the bit on the training field, but we will just have to hold him back," said his coach, John Kear.

Last-placed Leigh will be without John Wilshere, their outstanding player in recent weeks, and have Matthew Bottom ready to make his debut in the pack.

In tonight's other match, London will be without their captain, Mark McLinden, at St Helens, whose new coach, Daniel Anderson, is trying to maintain his unbeaten record since taking over.

"He's a good dude, a great coach and he'll be good for St Helens," said the Broncos' scrum-half, Thomas Leuluai, who played for him for club and country and counts him as the major influence on his career.

Leeds' longest-serving player, Francis Cummins, is back in their squad for Wigan's visit tomorrow after recovering from a knee reconstruction.

The club's captain, Kevin Sinfield, has urged Mark Calderwood to reconsider his decision to leave after rejecting a new contract offer. "We all hope he has a change of heart and stays, because he's a world-class winger," Sinfield said.

Hull KR and Harvey Howard have decided to go their separate ways, a week after the coach was suspended over his conduct. Howard and the club have agreed not to talk about the reasons behind the split.

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