Leeds Rhinos Update: David Fusitu’a Return Imminent Amid Selection Issues

Rugby League: David Fusitu’a Nearing Leeds Rhinos Return, Selection Issues Ahead

Leeds Rhinos winger David Fusitu’a could soon make his return to Super League action, according to an update from head coach Rohan Smith. The New Zealand-born Tongan international missed the entirety of the Rhinos’ pre-season and sat out their Round One clash against Salford Red Devils.

Smith previously stated that Fusitu’a would likely be sidelined for six to eight weeks due to the need for surgery. However, in the latest press conference, the coach revealed that the winger is now “going in the right direction” and could feature as soon as the week after the Challenge Cup.

“He’s got some more work done but he won’t be quite ready, so we’ll be hoping come the week after the Challenge Cup that he’ll be flying into that week and ready to go,” Smith said.

The Rhinos will be without one player for their upcoming fixture, as Justin Sangare serves a one-match penalty notice. However, after a successful appeal, Cameron Smith will be available for selection. The latter had initially been given a Grade B Dangerous Contact charge, but this has now been downgraded to Grade A, resulting in only a fine.

There are also concerns over the fitness of centre Harry Newman, who suffered a nasty lip injury in the early stages of the Rivals Round game against Castleford Tigers.

Leeds Rhinos will host Warrington Wolves on Friday, March 5th, at 8pm.

In other news, Leeds Rhinos CEO Gary Hetherington has recently spoken about the introduction of IMG and his own plans for the future with the club.

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