Seven Leeds players stood down ahead of Friday night game

James Gordon

Leeds have stood down seven players ahead of their Super League clash with Huddersfield tonight.

The club says one member of the squad is awaiting the results of an antigen test after a family member displayed coronavirus symptoms.

A club statement said: “As a part of the track and trace protocol, six additional members of the squad who had been in close contact with the player earlier this week did not train on Thursday and have been stood down for tonight’s game as a pre-caution.

“The entire squad and backroom team were tested on Tuesday afternoon and all tests produced negative results, including the player who is now awaiting his test result.. The team did not train on Wednesday.

“Tonight’s game will go ahead as planned with Brett Ferres, Adam Cuthbertson and Alex Sutcliffe drafted into the squad.”

The Rhinos have had their last two games postponed following coronavirus outbreaks at Catalans and Wakefield, and are due to kick-off at 8.15pm at the Totally Wicked Stadium.