Hull KR v Leeds Rhinos - five return as squads are named for Super League showdown
Five players could return for Leeds Rhinos at Hull KR on Friday - but Liam Sutcliffe remains on the casualty list.
Winger Ash Handley (knee) and centre Konrad Hurrell (calf muscle) are set to make their seasonal debut, Richie Myler (hamstring) is available after three games on the sidelines, forward Bodene Thompson is poised to return after missing two and King Vuniyayawa comes back into contention following a one-game layoff under the sport's concussion rules.
Sutcliffe, who has missed two games but was included in the initial 21-man squad for last week's meeting with Wigan Warriors, is again ruled out due to a knee problem, Zane Tetevano remains suspended and Jack Walker (foot), Harry Newman (broken leg), Rob Lui (quad muscle), Luke Gale (broken thumb), Tom Holroyd (fractured leg) and Callum McLelland (groin) are all unavailable.
Teenage centre Corey Hall, an unused substitute against Wigan, drops out, but fellow rookies Jack Broadbent, Jarrod O'Connor and Sam Walters all retain their place in the initial squad.
Rovers' 21 includes Muizz Mustapha who is on a season-long loan from Rhinos.
Brad Takairangi will make his debut after recovering from an injury suffered against Castleford Tigers in pre-season and Rowna Milnes and Matty Storton are in line for a recall, but Mikey Lewis is serving a one-game ban and Korbin Sims misses out because of concussion.
Leeds Rhinos' 21-man squad is: Tom Briscoe, Konrad Hurrell , Ash Handley, Mikolaj Oledzki, Kruise Leeming, Matt Prior , Alex Mellor, Rhyse Martin, Brad Dwyer, Richie Myler, Cameron Smith, King Vuniyayawa, Bodene Thompson, Alex Sutcliffe, Sam Walters, Luke Briscoe, James Donaldson, Jarrod O’Connor, Jack Broadbent, Morgan Gannon, Kyle Eastmond.
Hull KR's squad is: Adam Quinlan, Ben Crooks, Greg Minikin, Shaun Kenny-Dowall, Ryan Hall, Jordan Abdull, Albert Vete, Matt Parcell, Brad Takairangi, Kane Linnett, Dean Hadley, Jez Litten, George Lawler, George King, Matty Storton, Will Dagger, Ethan Ryan, Rowan Milnes, Luis Johnson, Muizz Mustapha, Jimmy Keinhorst.
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