Farrell's knee is 'major concern' for Wigan hopes

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The Wigan captain, Andy Farrell, should find out today what his prospects are of facing St Helens in Super League's elimination semi-final on Friday.

Farrell was due to have a scan yesterday on the knee that saw him limp out of the victory over Warrington before half-time on Saturday.

His coach, Mike Gregory, has described him as a "major concern" for the match, and his absence would be a severe blow to Wigan's hopes of reaching the Grand Final.

Two players in Saints' plans, Willie Talau and Mark Edmondson, have been cleared of a suspected spear tackle in the game against London, while two Broncos, Dennis Moran and Rob Purdham, have been cleared of similar charges.

Saints have taken the unusual step of advertising for an assistant coach, despite already interviewing several candidates.

Huddersfield are taking relegated Halifax's highly rated centre, Stuart Donlan, on loan for next season, with the option of returning to Halifax if they win promotion at the first attempt.

Widnes are considering signing Tim Brasher, the former Australian Test full-back, who was training with them at the end of the season.

The Leigh forward, Bryan Henare, is in contention for Sunday's National League One Grand Final against Salford, after being left out against Hull KR for missing training.

Featherstone are interested in signing either Brad Davis or Tony Smith as player-coach to succeed Andy Kelly, who was sacked earlier this month.

Australia have left the Canterbury stand-off, Braith Anasta, out of the training squad from which the party to tour Britain this autumn will be selected after he failed to impress on his return from a foot injury.