Leeds Rhinos could welcome back three key players for their Easter Monday game with Salford at Headingley.
Stevie Ward, Liam Sutcliffe and Jimmy Keinhorst have all been out of action since mid- February due to calf, knee and foot injuries respectively, but are now in contention to make a timely return.
Ward tore his calf in the World Club Challenge loss to Melbourne Storm causing him to sit out four matches, while Sutcliffe and Keinhorst both picked up their knocks in the round 3 defeat at Widnes a week later and have missed the following three games played since then.
But, the trio are all in with a chance of getting back onto the field as soon as Monday should they prove their fitness in time, coach Brian McDermott confirmed in his press conference earlier today.
This is more positive news for the Rhinos on the injury front this week after Brett Ferres, who hasn’t featured since last year’s Grand Final, was included in the squad to take on his former club Huddersfield tomorrow afternoon.
The Champions will still be without forwards Adam Cuthbertson (broken hand) and New Zealand-born Nathaniel Peteru (torn bicep) as they continue to recover from injuries of their own.
Like his teammate Ward, 33-year-old Cuthbertson was also injured in the World Club Challenge and was ruled out for 8 weeks so isn’t likely to return until sometime in April, while Peteru was forecast to miss around 12 weeks after being injured at Warrington in round 1, so still has some time left in his rehabilitation.