Leeds Rhinos injury news and potential return dates as 13 miss out v Wakefield Trinity and 2 pick up knocks

Leeds Rhinos hope to have a fully-fit squad available when Betfred Super League kicks off in February, despite a host of players missing their first pre-season game.

Leeds fielded a total of 22 players when they beat Wakefield Trinity 41-22 on Boxing Day, but 13 members of the full-time squad were unavailable and two who did feature picked up knocks. Coach Rohan Smith has confirmed a young team will visit Bradford Bulls for Rhinos’ second warm-up match on Sunday, January 28 and an academy/reserve lineup will be on duty at Hunslet the following Friday.

Injuries-permitting, Smith plans to give a run out to his first-choice side in James Donaldson’s testimonial against Super League round two opponents Hull KR at AMT Headingley on Sunday, February 4, 12 days before the competition opener at home to Salford Red Devils. Here’s who missed the Boxing Day derby and why, plus when they could be back in action.