Leeds have been boosted by the news that captain Kevin Sinfield has not suffered a fracture to his cheekbone.
Further investigations with the specialist have revealed that there is no bone injury instead there is soft tissue damage around the eye and cheek area and, if the swelling goes down during the course of the week, Sinfield could be available for the selection for the trip to Salford on Friday.
Head Coach Brian McClennan said: “We are all pleased for Kevin that the injury is not as severe as we first feared. He has seen the specialists and thankfully the news is good. Kevin is likely to be in our 19 man squad for the trip to Salford but we will make a decision later in the week as to whether we decide to give him a rest or not this week,” added McClennan.
Sinfield suffered the injury after 20 minutes of Friday’s pulsating game against St Helens following a clash of heads with Saints forward Maurie Faasavalu. However, Sinfield played on for the remainder of the game kicking three goals in the 18-10 victory.