Rugby League: Bulls delay early return for Paul

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Bradford Bulls, needing only to maintain their momentum in Super League in order to win the title, are not yet expecting to be boosted by Robbie Paul's return ahead of schedule.

Bradford feared their scrum-half and captain could be out for up to six weeks after damaging his foot at Wembley but his recovery has been so fast that he hinted this week he had a chance of playing at Warrington tomorrow night. The club is proceeding with considerably more caution, insisting that there is "no chance whatever" that he could play.

Paul Medley and Jeff Wittenberg are both back in the Bulls' squad, but there is no place for Paul Cook.

Warrington will be without Toa Kohe-Love, who was linked with a possible move to Halifax in part-exchange for Paul Rowley this week. He has a shoulder injury and is replaced by the teenager, Paul Wingfield, who makes his full debut.

Halifax will check on the fitness of Asa Amone before their home game against Wigan, who hope to have both Neil Cowie and Terry O'Connor fit at prop. Even if they are both available Wigan's recent signing, Lee Hansen, will hold his place after an impressive display against London last week.

Leeds keep the same starting line-up that won well at Salford for their visit to Oldham, but Andy Hay, recruited from Sheffield Eagles this week, comes in as a substitute in place of the injured Terry Newton.

Castleford, without a point, have the Great Britain tourist, Jason Critchley, available after completing his transfer from the Keighley Cougars. He is likely to start on the bench against Salford, alongside the club captain Lee Crooks, who has recovered from a knee operation.

Salford are without Scott Naylor, another knee injury victim, with Scott Martin moving up from the bench to replace him.

In today's one Super League fixture, Paris St-Germain have a chance to bring up their first "double" against their favourite opponents, Sheffield. Paris beat the Eagles in their first-ever game last year and got on top of them again at the start of this season. Another victory would be the ideal welcome for Andy Goodway, who is expected to be invited to become the club's new coach today.

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