Hull KR receive massive boost ahead of crucial clash with Leeds as Willie Peters provides injury latest

Josh McAllister
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Hull KR could be boosted by the return of back-rower James Batchelor for Friday’s clash with Leeds Rhinos in Super League.

The Robins travel to Headingley Stadium for an 8:00pm kick off, with both side pushing for the play-offs.

Batchelor, 25, has been sidelined through injury since being stretchered from the field inside St James’ Park during Super League’s Magic Weekend.

It was a nasty-looking head knock, having been taken to hospital in Newcastle straight after the collision against Salford in the opening game of the Super League showcase event.

The forward had been recovering in a neck brace, and could make a return to action much earlier than originally anticipated.

Hull KR boss provides positive James Batchelor update

“At this stage, he’ll be all good to go,” Peters told media on Tuesday.

“He’s passed everything and he’s done a lot of contact and he’s on track.

“He was influential for us earlier in the year. I’ve said on record a lot of times about what he means to the team and it’s good to have him back.”

Hull KR will be without key duo Mikey Lewis and Kane Linnett after the pair failed their head injury assessments during the 16-6 defeat to rivals Hull in the derby.

“Mikey is still feeling some effects there,” Peters said.

“It’s more around his neck. He won’t play because he obviously didn’t pass the protocols.

“Kane Linnett is the same. Those two are out this week.”

Full-back Jack Walker is touch-and-go, while overseas recruit Brad Schneider could make his Super League debut after linking up with the side for training this week.

The half-back has joined the club from Canberra Raiders on a deal until the end of the current campaign.

“Definitely, he’ll be in,” Peters said on Schneider.

“He trained with us today and he’s a confident young fella and it’s what we need at the minute.

“This week, we need a bit of guidance and direction from a spine player, so he’ll come in and do that.

“He’s very confident in himself in terms of directing the team around the park. He’s really good with the lads. They’re looking forward to watching him play.

“We can’t expect too much, too early. But he’ll certainly help our team, for sure.”

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