Chris Clarkson hoping to win fitness battle

Leeds Rhinos back rower Chris Clarkson is hoping he will be fit enough to face Widnes Vikings on Sunday after spending this week in a protective boot.

The 24-year-old came off the bench for the Rhinos in last week’s narrow defeat to Huddersfield Giants and has been nursing an injury since, but is hopeful that medical treatment this week will see him
right to making his 15th Super League appearance of the season.

“I have had a niggling achilles injury for the last few weeks so the boot is just precautionary,” said Clarkson.

“We had a few days off over the weekend and I rested it then and I’ll be working with the physio during the week. Hopefully it’s nothing too serious and I’ll be ok to play on Sunday if I get selected.”

The Rhinos go into the game looking to bounce back from that 22-24 defeat and Clarkson is sure that improving performances over the previous few weeks will come together on Sunday and see the Rhinos take the spoils.

“Our form has dipped over the last few weeks and we want to get that back up there again to where it was at the start of the season.

“We weren’t too pleased with how we went in the Wigan, Warrington and Leigh games and going into the Huddersfield game we spoke about playing well and not focussing too much on just getting the result. There were things we were happy with in that game and we’ll be taking that into Widnes on Sunday and looking to build on it.

“But Widnes have shown some great form this season and they’ll also be wanting to bounce back. We’ll just have to defend as we have been doing for most of the season and work hard on getting some points on the board.”

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