CLOSED-SEASON RECRUIT Nathaniel Peteru is in contention to make his second Leeds Rhinos appearance tonight, three months after his debut, but against the same opposition.
The former Gold Coast Titans prop suffered a torn biceps when Rhinos won 16-12 at Warrington Wolves in Betfred Super League round one on February 1.
He made his comeback for dual-registration partner club Featherstone Rovers five days ago and has been named in Rhinos’ initial 19-man squad to face Warrington at Emerald Headingley this evening.
He is one of three players who could return from injury for Leeds.
Full-back Jack Walker has missed five games after suffering ankle damage in the Good-Friday draw at Huddersfield Giants, but has been named in the squad for tonight.
He faces a late fitness test, as does Brad Dwyer.
The hooker, signed from Warrington in the closed season, fractured an elbow at Huddersfield, but played in the next two games before the injury was diagnosed.
Josh Walters, who played on dual-registration for Featherstone last Sunday, is also included in Leeds’ 19, but fellow back-rower Brett Delaney is unavailable after aggravating a shoulder problem during Rhinos’ win at Hull KR five days ago.
Teenage prop Mikolaj Oledzki drops out after eight successive appearances off the bench.
Oledzki has been included in Featherstone Rovers’ 19 for tomorrow’s crunch game at Toulouse Olympique, along with Rhinos’ Jordan Lilley and Harry Newman.
Liam Sutcliffe (foot) and Mitch Garbutt (knee) remain on the casualty list and Jimmy Keinhorst is on loan at Widnes Vikings.
Warrington coach Steve Price will select from the 17 who beat Huddersfield Giants last weekend, plus Mitch Brown and Mike Cooper.
Leeds Rhinos: from Golding, Briscoe, Watkins, Hall, Moon, Myler, Cuthbertson, Parcell, Singleton, Jones-Buchanan, Ablett, Ward, Dwyer, Mullally, Ferres, Peteru, Handley, Walker, Walters.
Warrington Wolves: from Akauola, Atkins, K Brown, M Brown, Charnley, Clark, Cooper, Goodwin, Hill, Hughes, G King, Lineham, Livett, Murdoch-Masila, Patton, Philbin, Ratchford, Roberts, Westwood
Referee: Ben Thaler (Wakefield).
Kick-off: Tonight, 7.45pm.