Leeds Rhinos injury latest as Richard Agar confirms Covid disruption

By Matthew Shaw

Richard Agar has admitted Leeds Rhinos have had to cooperate with Covid cases among the playing group as their preparations for the season continue.

The Rhinos chief has been relieved by the lack of injuries sustained among the squad through the opening two months of the pre-season, with no fresh injuries to report and Jack Walker back in full training.

Liam Sutcliffe has a chance of making his return in the pre-season game against Bradford Bulls next week while Walker could also get a run-out.

It's a total contrast to last season, when the Rhinos squad was eradicated by injuries that majorly disrupted the opening half of the 2022 season.

The bigger issue faced has been Covid, a scenario faced by almost every other club in the competition.

Agar admitted some players have been forced to miss a chunk of pre-season due to the virus but that his squad is now in good shape.

"We're alright at the minute," Agar said.

"We got out of Boxing Day alright and we've had guys return to full training.

"Like every other club, we've had a couple of Covid cases in our group but thankfully we have avoided mass outbreaks. We've had three players down but they're back in now, we're got good numbers on the training field and that's helping us because at this stage of pre-season there are always a few guys off their feet for a few days just to look after them."


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