Leeds Rhinos v St Helens injury news and 21-man squads as 2 ruled out but big names return
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The prop, signed in pre-season from Gold Coast Titans, is set for a four-week layoff with a calf muscle injury, ruling him out of Friday’s visit of St Helens.
That leaves him on 149 career appearances, after 12 for Leeds, 48 with Titans, 85 at New Zealand Warriors and four Samoa caps.
Lisone has missed only one game since joining Rhinos in pre-season, being ruled out of the win at Saints in March because of illness.
The good news for Leeds is the possible return of winger/full-back Ash Handley after he missed the Betfred Challenge Cup defeat by Wigan Warriors six delays ago.
“It was a question of timing with the illness last week,” coach Rohan Smith said. “If it had been earlier in the week he may have recovered in time, but he was in no state to compete in a hard-fought game in hot conditions.”
Stand-off Blake Austin remains on the casualty list with the calf muscle injury and second-rower James Bentley is still going through his return to play protocol following a concussion at Wigan two weeks ago.
Smith said: “Complicating matters, he has had his wisdom teeth removed. That has been a slower than expected recovery, so it’s the two of those things together.”
Forward Zane Tetevano will complete his two-match ban following his red card at Wigan and winger David Fusitu’a remains on the long-term injury list.
Second-row Leon Ruan and full-back Luke Hooley, who has been recalled from a loan spell at Batley Bulldogs, are in the initial 21, but played for Rhinos’ reserves in a 22-22 draw with St Helens on Thursday, along with three-quarter Luis Roberts. He and prop Sam Walters retain their place in the squad after not featuring last week.
Saints Matty Lees will serve the second of his two-game ban, while fellow forward Morgan Knowles begins a similar punishment after being sent-off in last Friday’s Cup win at Halifax Panthers.
Second-row Curtis Sironen is available after a ban, ex-Leeds centre Konrad Hurrell could return from a neck problem and hooker James Roby, prop Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and second-row Sam Royle are in contention for a recall.
Leeds Rhinos: from Myler, Newman, MacDonald, Handley, Sezer, Oledzki, Martin, Smith, O’Connor, Olpherts, Sangare, Holroyd, McDonnell, Gannon, Hooley, Walters, Tindall, Roberts, Donaldson, Johnson, Ruan.
St Helens: from Welsby, Makinson, Hopoate, Bennison, Lomax, Dodd, Walmsley, Roby, Mata’utia, Batchelor, Lussick, McCarthy-Scarsbrook, Sironen, Paasi, Wingfield, Bell, Davies, Royle, Hurrell, Ritson, Delaney.
Referee: Liam Moore (Wigan). Kick-off: Friday, 8pm.