Leeds Rhinos: Fit-again pack star is put on standby

Jamie Jones-Buchanan receives treatment.Jamie Jones-Buchanan receives treatment.
Jamie Jones-Buchanan receives treatment.
VETERAN FORWARD Jamie Jones-Buchanan could make his long-awaited return for Leeds Rhinos against Huddersfield Giants tonight.

The six-time Grand Final winner, aged 34, has not played since suffering a quad injury in the Challenge Cup semi-final win over St Helens last July.

He is included in the initial 19 for tonight’s game, but there is still no place for broken toe victim Beau Falloon.

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Mitch Garbutt will complete his two-game ban and Carl Ablett, Tom Briscoe Ashton Golding, Danny McGuire and Stevie Ward remain on the long-term casualty list.

Giants are also struggling with an injury crisis. They could welcome back Danny Brough (dead leg), but Jamie Ellis drops out due to a shoulder injury.

Mikey Wood and Tyler Dickinson are both in contention for a call-up.

Leeds Rhinos: from Hardaker, Handley, Watkins, Moon, Hall, Sutcliffe, Lilley, Galloway, Burrow, Singleton, Ferres, Keinhorst, Delaney, Cuthbertson, Achurch, Mullally, Walters, Jones-Buchanan, Baldwinson.

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Huddersfield Giants: from Murphy, McGillvary, Cudjoe, S Wood, Foster, Connor, Brough, Rapira, Hinchliffe, Johnson, Ta’ai, Lawrence, Patrick, Smith, Leeming, Mason, Roberts, M Wood, Dickinson.

Referee: Richard Silverwood (Mirfield).

Kick-off: Tonight, 8pm.