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Rohan Smith provides mixed assessment of star forward’s injury recovery

Throughout pre-season there have been a few Leeds Rhinos players absent.

Players like Luke Hooley and Mikolaj Oledzki were of course missing through surgery and subsequent rehab whilst the injuries to centres Harry Newman and Nene MacDonald were well documented.

But it wasn’t spoken about much as to the whereabout of James Bentley as he missed every game despite returning from the World Cup at the same time as the likes of Richie Myler who has played all four of Leeds’ pre-season friendlies as has fellow Ireland international and new recruit from Wigan Warriors James McDonnell.

Speaking today ahead of the Round One clash with Warrington Wolves, Rohan Smith revealed the difficult injury James Bentley is battling at this moment in time.

Smith said:

“James had a PCL injury to his knee and those ones are a little awkward at times in my experience in the game.

“Watching guys recover from them, they don’t tend to go in a straight line so there are a few things there.

“He has progressed really well in the last week or two, done some good running but he has a bit to do yet.”

Smith also gave an update on the aforementioned injured centres Harry Newman and Nene MacDonald.

“They’ve still got a bit to do. They’re trending in the right direction and they’re on track,” Smith said of the duo.

“As I’ve said in the past, sometimes at the back end of these long term rehabs, it’s hard to be exactly specific of their returns but they’re reaching milestones and progressing.”

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