long-term casualties Tom Briscoe and Jamie Jones-Buchanan could both return for Leeds Rhinos in tomorrow’s home clash with Catalans Dragons.
Briscoe has not played since suffering a shoulder injury in Rhinos’ defeat at Warrington Wolves four months ago. The winger has been named in tomorrow’s initial 19-man squad, so Ash Handley drops out after a run of 19 successive games, in which he scored 12 tries.
Back-rower Jones-Buchanan has been struggling with a hamstring injury and featured in only three of Rhinos’ past 18 games. His most recent appearance was against Wigan Warriors at the end of May.
Also recalled are Kevin Sinfield, who missed last week’s trouncing of Salford Red Devils due to a shoulder injury and Jamie Peacock, after he was rested.
Robbie Ward is the other player to drop out. Star man Todd Carney has been named in Catalans’ squad after almost two month on the injured list.
Leeds Rhinos: from Hardaker, Briscoe, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Aiton, Cuthbertson, Keinhorst, Ablett, Delaney, Garbutt, Singleton, Walters, Jones-Buchanan, Sinfield, Peacock.
Catalans Dragons: from Escare, Pomeroy, Tonga, Carney, Dureau, Elima, Henderson, Anderson, Lima, Pelissier, Whitehead, Garcia, Bousquet, Maria, Baitieri, Gigot, Margalet, Inu, Sigismeau.