Sean Long's return for Salford may come sooner than expected

Sean Long's return to rugby league may be hastened after Salford youngster Marc Sneyd suffered ankle ligament damage in Sunday's defeat at Hull .

Long, who retired from the game a year ago, is assistant coach to Phil Veivers at Salford, but was re-registered as a player by the Reds earlier this month.

Veivers said the 35-year-old scrum-half would only feature "in an emergency".

Sneyd and Daniel Holdsworth have been their half-back pairing since Matty Smith's mid-summer departure to Wigan.

Salford fell to a second consecutive Super League defeat at the weekend, going down 34-26 at the KC Stadium.