LEEDS Rhinos utility back Ben Jones-Bishop has spoken of his relief at making a successful comeback at home to Widnes on Monday.
But the fit-again 24-year-old knows Sunday’s Super League assignment at the Giants will be a far tougher examination.
The clash with Widnes was Jones-Bishop’s first game at any level since he played at full-back for England Knights against Scotland in Edinburgh on October 28 last year.
He was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism on Christmas Eve and was unable to return to contact training until completing a course of blood-thinning medication.
And now he’s back in action he’s determined to get back to his best form as soon as possible.
“It’s all good now,” he said. “I was cleared at Easter, but it was just a case of sitting it out for another 12 weeks while I was on the medication.
“That was just protocol from the specialist really, but it’s behind me now and I’m just looking to crack on.
“It was obviously tough in my first game back against Widnes, my legs were struggling in the second half.
“I felt good physically, energy-wise. It’s good to be back and doing my bit.
“But I know it could be even tougher this weekend. They’ve had a couple of weeks without a game, so they’ve been able to freshen up and rest.
“We are doing it tough with injuries and boys backing up, but we’ll study the tape (from Monday) and have a look at what we need to correct.
“There’s a lot to work on, but we’ve got a lot of new faces in the team and we only had one proper session – on Sunday – to prepare for Monday’s game. We’ve got more time to prepare this week and a few field sessions to tighten things up and we’ll be right for Sunday.”