Major Harry Newman fitness update as center nears Leeds Rhinos return to action

Harry Newman has a “small chance” of returning from his latest long-term injury setback this Friday, Rohan Smith has revealed. Newman has been sidelined for several months after having to undergo hamstring surgery following an injury sustained in the first weeks of the new Super League season.

However, Smith said the center was in ‘tremendous shape’ as he continued his rehabilitation and had not completely ruled out the possibility of Newman taking part in Friday night’s trip to Warrington Wolves – although he admitted that it was more likely that he could return to the games immediately after that.

Leeds will train on Wednesday before making a final call on their fitness. “He’s in great shape but still has a few things to do before he’s eligible for selection – but he’s not too far off,” Smith said Wednesday morning.

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“It could be this week, there’s a small chance of it happening, but it’s probably still a week or two away. But maybe he could play on Friday.”

When asked about a possible time frame for Newman’s return, Smith said: “When we all agree, he’s done enough work and ticked every possible box in his return-to-play testing. He trained to a high standard in training last week, and he really laid the groundwork and worked well with our performance team.”

Smith confirmed that Zak Hardaker would continue as fullback for the trip to Warrington and hinted at minimal changes to his squad for this game.

“It won’t be too different,” he said. “It feels like a long time ago, the last game. We got away with it unscathed, so we’ll be pretty similar. But it looks like they’re in a good space and have good energy .”

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