Leeds Rhinos casualty list and potential return dates ahead of St Helens

Only four first team players remain on Leeds Rhinos’ casualty list ahead of Friday’s game at St Helens.
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James Donaldson is back in contention after a head knock and Blake Austin has been given the all-clear from concussion suffered against Hull KR two weeks ago.

Here’s Rhinos’ latest injury list and when the casualties could be back.

Harry Newman and Morgan Gannon

Rhinos' Zane Tetevano is now doing some on-field training following heart surgery. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.Rhinos' Zane Tetevano is now doing some on-field training following heart surgery. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.
Rhinos' Zane Tetevano is now doing some on-field training following heart surgery. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.
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Neither has played since the home game against St Helens on May 26, when centre Newman suffered a serious hamstring injury and second-row Gannon - who was playing at stand-off - sustained ankle damage.

If everything goes to schedule, Newman is aiming to be back for the home game against Warrington Wolves on August 20, while Gannon is also targeting a return next month.

Coach Rohan Smith said: “They are a few weeks away. They have plenty of things they need to cover off between now and being available, but they are trending in the right direction and making progress daily and certainly weekly.

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Harry Newman, hurt against St Helens in May, is nearing the end of his long injury layoff. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.Harry Newman, hurt against St Helens in May, is nearing the end of his long injury layoff. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.
Harry Newman, hurt against St Helens in May, is nearing the end of his long injury layoff. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.

“They are pretty much in the hands of our S and C [strength and conditioning] coaches now, in conjunction with our physios.”

Zane Tetevano

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The Cook Islands and former New Zealand Test forward was ruled out “indefinitely” after suffering a stroke at training in May.

He has undergone surgery to fix a hole in his heart and is hopeful of playing again before the season ends.

Morgan Gannon could return next month from the injury he suffered against St Helens in May. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.Morgan Gannon could return next month from the injury he suffered against St Helens in May. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.
Morgan Gannon could return next month from the injury he suffered against St Helens in May. Picture by Allan McKenzie/SWpix.com.

Smith said: “Zane is doing some field training, he is modified, but he is certainly on the path back.

“He has got some medical things to tick off so it is a different sort of process to an ankle or a shoulder-type [injury].

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“We will be very much influenced by the doctors there, rather than physio and S and C staff.”

Max Simpson

The teenager centre ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments in pre-season training and is not expected to play a competitive game this year.