Rhinos boosted by Jones-Bishop comeback
Leeds winger Ben Jones-Bishop will make his long-awaited return to action when the Rhinos host Widnes Vikings in a rearranged Super League game at Headingley on Monday.
The 24-year-old England Knights winger has not played for Leeds since last October's Grand Final triumph after he was diagnosed with a pulmonary embolism just before Christmas.
However, the player has now been given the all-clear to resume his career having completed his course of treatment and will go straight into the team to face the Vikings.
"It has been a long time coming because it has been a tough six months," said Jones-Bishop, who scored 23 tries last season.
"However, it is good to be at the end of it now and finally getting back in the team. I am all set now for Monday and can't wait.
"We are in a tough position at the moment and my job will be to go out there and help the team in anyway I can."
The Rhinos, who brought their four-match losing run to an end last Friday, will be without second row forward Brett Delaney, who will be sidelined for three weeks after undergoing minor knee surgery.
The Australian was forced to withdraw from the Exiles squad for Friday's game against England after aggravating a knee injury in the win over Castleford Tigers.
Prop Kylie Leuluai, who also sustained a knee injury in that game, was ruled fit enough to link up with the Exiles but, because of the short turnaround, is rated as a doubt for Monday's game.
Leeds coach Brian McDermott said: "Brett has been in sensational form for us but it has got to the point that we need to get him in for a clear-out to give him the best chance of performing at his best for the remainder of the season.
"Kylie has made great progress this week, recovering remarkably well from a bad situation on Friday night.
"He could be right for the Exiles on Friday but, if he is, I doubt he will be able to play on Monday so we will have to wait and see."
The champions are already without Carl Ablett, Stevie Ward, Joe Vickery, Danny McGuire and Kallum Watkins and have also lost the services of hooker Liam Hood, who is currently playing on a dual-registration with Hunslet, for four weeks with an ankle injury.