ANKLE INJURY victim Stevie Ward could make his Leeds Rhinos comeback this week.
Ward has missed five games after being injured in Rhinos’ First Utility Super League win over St Helens on July 3.
The back-rower is now back in full training and pushing for a place in Rhinos’ squad to face visitors Wigan Warriors in four days’ time.
That would give Ward, who was one of the side’s most in form players before his injury, two games to regain match fitness ahead of the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup final showdown with Hull KR on Saturday, August 29.
Fellow forward Mitch Achurch, who underwent surgery on a wrist injury following Rhinos’ Magic Weekend loss to Wigan at the end of May, has had his cast removed and is also vying for a return to the team.
England academy full-back Ashton Golding, who made two Super League appearances early in the season, has been given the all-clear following a long-term back problem. The 18-year-old, who is due to receive his ‘A’ Level results on Thursday, is back in full training and due to make his comeback for Rhinos under-19s against St Helens at Stanningley on Saturday (noon).
But hooker Paul Aiton underwent surgery on his broken arm yesterday and is the third member of the senior squad ruled out of the Cup final after Jamie Jones-Buchanan (quad) and Liam Sutcliffe (knee).
Chief executive Gary Hetherington said Brett Delaney is receiving treatment for an on-going hamstring problem.