Rhinos star reveals when he’ll return from injury

Leeds have had a torrid season in terms of injury forcing them to use a total of 30 players this season. However, in recent weeks their stars have begun returning to the fold giving them a more natural looking line-up.

That said, there are still a few notable absentees including star fullback Jack Walker. The Rhinos’ number one hasn’t played a game all season following an off-season injury but his return may soon be upon us.

Walker burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old in 2017 scoring a hat-trick in the Challenge Cup against Doncaster alongside the likes of Danny McGuire and Rob Burrow. Over the course of 2017 he battled it out with Ashton Golding for the fullback spot.

Eventually, he secured the fullback spot before helping Leeds to Old Trafford where victory made him the youngest ever Grand Final winner.

In 2018, he continued to tussle with Golding for the fullback spot and appeared victorious by the time 2019 rolled around when he was awarded the number one jersey. After impressing in a struggling Leeds side in 2019, he started 2020 magnificently.

He had clearly worked on his passing and was tearing teams apart in attack. He scored superb solo tries against Hull KR, Salford and Warrington but injury against the Wolves would leave him on the shelf for months. Richie Myler came into the fullback spot in his absence and shone even claiming the Lance Todd Trophy in the Challenge Cup Final win over Salford.

By that time Walker had returned from injury and was trying his best to displace Myler scoring twice against Hull FC at Headingley. He promised to kick on again in 2021 and fight for Myler’s fullback spot. However, injury before the season started put an end to that and surgery was required. It was assumed Walker wouldn’t play a single game in 2021.

However, that may not be the case anymore. Walker today took to Instagram and posted a picture of him playing with the caption “6 weeks to go.” Thus, it seems his long-awaited return could be creeping closer.

The exact reasoning behind the caption is not clear. It may only be referring to a return to training. Either way, it is clear that he is creeping closer to pulling on the blue and amber again.

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