Leeds must wait on Hardaker return

Leeds must wait on Hardaker return

Leeds Rhinos will have to cope without Zak Hardaker when they host Hull KR on Friday night, after their returning star suffered a seizure (Match betting – Leeds 11/8, draw 20/1, Hull KR 4/6).

Hardaker, who re-joined the Rhinos after being released by the Wigan Warriors, was named in the squad for the Betfred Super League showdown with the Robins at Headingley.

However a sudden collapse on Tuesday, before being discharged from hospital, means the Rhinos will have to do without the 30-year-old for the moment.

The hope amongst the Leeds camp is that the incident was not too serious, but the club will take every precaution before allowing Hardaker to take the field for the Rhinos.

“Our only concern is Zak’s health,” chief executive Gary Hetherington told the club’s website. “We will provide him and his family with whatever support is required.

“The Rhinos medical staff are overseeing things and will be arranging a series of medical tests which will then give a clearer prognosis for his recovery.”

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Friday sees three other games in the Betfred Super League, with reigning champions St Helens playing hosts to Salford Red Devils (Match betting – Saints 1/20, draw 28/1, Salford 28/1).

Wigan, who are level on 16 points with Saints at the top of the standings, make the trip to the Halliwell Jones Stadium to take on a Warrington Wolves side who have endured a inconsistent start to the season (Match betting – Warrington 5/4, draw 20/1, Wigan 8/11).

With five wins and five draws so far, it has not been the start new Wire head coach Daryl Powell would have hoped for following his move from Castleford Tigers.

Castleford, who sit just above Warrington in the standings, have travelled across the Channel for Friday night’s showdown with Catalans Dragons (Match betting – Catalans 4/11, draw 20/1, Castleford 11/5).

The Dragons will be looking to bounce back on home soil after what was a disappointing 14-8 defeat at the hands of Hull FC last time out.

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Author: Lucille White