Championship: Walters back in contention for Hawks

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dual-registered leeds Rhinos forward Josh Walters could make his return from injury when Hunslet travel to Workington this weekend.

Walters suffered an ankle injury in Hawks’ defeat to Sheffield before Easter, but boss Barry Eaton hopes he will be available for Sunday’s crunch showdown.

“At the time we thought it was a bad one,” Eaton said of Walters’ injury. “As it turns out, it’s only a bad sprain. He has recovered and been training with us and if he comes through he could feature.”

Also in contention is James Houston, after a broken hand. Andy Yates will play for Hawks this week, after coming off the bench for Rhinos in their last two matches, but Rob Mulhern has been named in Leeds’ initial 19 for their clash with Warrington tonight and will be unavailable for Hawks if he makes the 17. Danny Maun is a doubt due to concussion and Ryan Backhouse will also take a head test.

Former Super League player Jamie Cording is poised to make his Featherstone Rovers return away to Whitehaven on Sunday. Coach Andy Hay said: “He didn’t play last week because of an arm injury. He was also on antibiotics, but that’s cleared up and he’s back in training.”

Nathan Chappell could also feature this weekend, but Sam Irwin remains sidelined. Hay said: “Nathan’s had a knee problem. He needed a couple of weeks’ rest, but he’s back into fitness and he’s ready to play. Sam has got a small tear in his biceps, it’s not a big deal, but we are waiting until he’s right.”

Batley Bulldogs have no new injuries ahead of Sunday’s trip to Championship leaders Leigh. Coach John Kear said: “It looks like James Craven (knee ligament injury) and Scott Leatherbarrow (broken hand) won’t be available, but we’re confident they will be available for Whitehaven the week after, which is a massive boost.”

Former Hull and Castleford half-back Brett Seymour could make his Dewsbury Rams debut away to London Broncos on Sunday, after getting a run-out in a midweek reserves game.

James Delaney suffered a knee injury playing for the reserves’ and is unavailable for Sunday, but Karl Pryce, Ryan Hepworth and Tom Hemingway could return after being rested last week.

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