Tony Smith is considering moving Jordan Abdull to loose forward for Hull KR’s play-off meeting with Warrington Wolves amid an injury crisis.

The playmaker has been an automatic selection in the halves this season when fit, with his form in the first half of the year putting him among the frontrunners for the Man of Steel award.

Abdull has partnered Mikey Lewis in the last two games following his recovery from a fractured thumb but he could be set for a positional switch with Rovers down to the bare bones.

The Robins will definitely be without seven first-team players at the Halliwell Jones Stadium, while George Lawler, Will Maher, Albert Vete and Korbin Sims will undergo fitness tests later in the week.

Aside from teenagers Tom Whur and Charlie Cavanaugh, the only fresh bodies who missed out against Leeds Rhinos were half-backs Rowan Milnes and Joe Keyes.

With Smith already set to be forced into one change following the loss of Matt Parcell last week, it is likely that the KR head coach will turn to Milnes or Keyes, or even both if the injury situation worsens.

That could mean Abdull moving to loose forward, a position he is familiar with.

“It’s one of our options that we may have to consider,” said Smith.

“We may have to do a bit of shuffling here and there. Fortunately we do have some people who have got some versatility. It’s at times like this where that pays off.

“We do like people with versatility and I’m a big fan of players who can sink into other positions and play them equally as well as people who are specialised in those positions.

“Jordan could do that for us. That’s a consideration, for sure.”

Jordan Abdull made his comeback against Castleford
Jordan Abdull made his comeback against Castleford

Smith could be forced into several positional changes if some of his middle men fail to prove their fitness during the captain’s run on Thursday.

Jimmy Keinhorst and Brad Takairangi are both capable of playing in the pack, while Luis Johnson and Matty Storton are equally adept in the middle or on an edge.

Smith believes he has enough versatility at his disposal to put out a competitive team come what may.

“Luis and Stoz are middle and edge players,” said Smith. “There’s a number of options available to us this week.”