Leeds Rhinos issue injury update - here's when their nine casualties are expected back on the field
Six of Leeds Rhinos’ injured players - including four half-backs - are expected to be available for selection over the next few weeks, the club say.
Rhinos were without 11 players, through injury or suspension, when they lost 14-13 at Huddersfield Giants last Sunday.
Leeds have no game this weekend, but skipper Luke Gale is on course to feature at home to Wakefield Trinity next Friday, May 14, after missing four matches with a fractured thumb.
Fellow half-back Kyle Eastmond was ruled out of last weekend's fixture after sustaining a grade one hamstring tear during the final training session the previous day, but is also expected to be in contention to face Wakefield
Stand-off Rob Lui is 11 weeks into his recovery from a pre-season quad muscle tear and could be back in the mix by the end of this month.
Rhinos’ fourth specialist half-back, Callum McLelland, is now in training after surgery on a groin injury and the club say he hopes to be back on the field in the “near future”.
Prop Tom Holroyd, who suffered a fractured leg in pre-season training, is on track to be available by the end of May.
Centre Harry Newman is due to begin contact training in around three weeks’ time and in line for selection next month, after suffering a badly broken leg in a game against Hull KR last September.
Rhinos say there is no timescale for centre/second-rower Alex Sutcliffe’s comeback from a knee injury picked up two weeks ago and back-rower Cameron Smith and full-back Jack Walker remain on the long-term casualty list.
Smith is facing another five weeks on the sidelines with a hamstring tendon injury picked up last month.
Walker, who was ruled out of Leeds’ 2021 campaign after suffering a recurrence of a foot injury in pre-season, had surgery seven weeks ago and is still in a protective boot.
Richie Myler and Zane Tetevano remain suspended for the derby against Trinity, but will be available to face Hull the following weekend.
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