YOUNG Leeds Rhinos prop Brad Singleton is facing a race against time to be fit for Sunday’s trip to the Giants.
The 20-year-old suffered a dead leg during his injury-hit side’s 38-28 home Super League win over Widnes on Monday and is undergoing intensive treatment.
With 10 senior players on the Rhinos’ injury list, club officials are desperate for Singleton to make a full recovery, with head coach Brian McDermott keeping his fingers crossed.
“Unfortunately Brad suffered a dead leg on Monday and he was struggling in the early part of the week,” reported the former Giants assistant coach.
“He is receiving treatment from the medical team and we will give him as long as possible to recover before we decide on the team to face Huddersfield on Sunday.
“I thought Brad had a very strong game on Monday against Widnes and was deservedly named man-of-the-match.
“Brad has been a breath of fresh air since coming back into the side and brings with him raw aggression to never give in in a way that Jamie Peacock has done for many years here at Leeds. It would be really disappointing if we lost him as well.
“We’ll also make late checks on Kylie Leuluai and Carl Ablett. In Carl’s case he will have a scan today to check if the break has healed, which the surgeon will check to give him the go ahead to return to playing.”
The Rhinos were without ten first-team players for Monday’s win, while the champions will also miss Joel Moon this Sunday after he picked up a one-game ban for a dangerous tackle on Widnes forward Hep Cahill.
The full list of injured players are Kevin Sinfield (thumb), Ryan Bailey (thumb), Carl Ablett (thumb), Kallum Watkins (ankle), Kylie Leuluai (knee), Liam Hood (ankle), Joe Vickery (knee), Brett Delaney (knee), Stevie Ward (shoulder) and Danny McGuire (leg).
Leeds medical staff have now revealed captain Sinfield (pictured left) broke a bone in his hand playing for England a week ago, but he could be back playing earlier than expected.
He was initially ruled out for up to six weeks with a dislocated thumb and he underwent surgery on Tuesday, and could now return in a month.