Leeds Rhinos stand down seven players due to Covid concerns

Leeds Rhinos have stood down seven players ahead of Friday’s Betfred Super League clash with Huddersfield Giants due to coronavirus concerns.

One member of the Rhinos squad is awaiting the results of an antigen test after a family member displayed Covid-19 symptoms.

As a part of the track and trace protocol, six additional members of the squad who had been in close contact with that player earlier this week did not train on Thursday and have been stood down for Friday’s game as a precaution.

Leeds said via a statement: “The entire squad and backroom team were tested on Tuesday afternoon and all tests produced negative results, including the player who has now produced a positive result. The team did not train on Wednesday.

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“[Friday]’s game will go ahead as planned with Brett Ferres, Adam Cuthbertson and Alex Sutcliffe drafted into the squad. Ferres will wear the squad number 40.”

Leeds’ game against Simon Woolford’s Giants is live on Sky Sports Arena from 8.30pm.

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