As seems custom for Leeds Rhinos in recent years, the eight-time Super League Champions have already been struck by injuries ahead of 2023.
Both Mikolaj Oledzki and Luke Hooley have had recent surgery both with at least 12 weeks recovery time meaning both are likely to miss the opening four or five rounds of the 2023 Super League season which begins for the Rhinos on February 16th as they take on Warrington Wolves like on Sky Sports in the inaugural game of the season.
Cameron Smith, who has been promoted to the number 13 shirt in 2023, has also had surgery on his elbow but should be right as rain before the start of the season.
There are also doubts over star man Harry Newman who missed the end of last season with a third hamstring of the year which also ended his World Cup hopes.
Centre is a problem position for the Rhinos, though they have Castleford Tigers recruit Derrell Olpherts who is tipped to cover this role despite being a winger during his Super League career, with Nene MacDonald facing a three month injury since leaving Leigh Leopards for the Rhinos and taking on Hull FC bound Liam Sutcliffe’s number four shirt.
However, both Newman and MacDonald have been pictured in training full of smiles.
Leeds fans will be hoping both are fit for the Warrington clash.
Likewise Jack Sinfield looks back to fitness after missing Boxing Day with a groin injury and then an illness as he was also pictured in training today.
Good to catch up with the boys at training this morning pic.twitter.com/5nxNiqsCDo
— Leeds Rhinos (@leedsrhinos) January 4, 2023