McGuire describes himself as “touch and go” for Friday

Leeds Rhinos captain Danny McGuire has revealed that his latest injury setback is coming on well – and after missing out on selection for this week’s trip to St Helens, he admits he’s hopeful of making next weekend.

After picking up a knee injury on the opening night of the season back in February, McGuire then suffered a quad injury which has put him back on the sidelines.

However, he told that it’s nothing too bad, and after missing out on Brian McDermott’s 19-man squad this week, he expects to be definitely back in action for the Rhinos’ following fixture next weekend, the crucial trip to Huddersfield in a vital West Yorkshire derby at the foot of the table.

“It’s coming on well,” McGuire said.

“It’s nothing serious it’s just another frustrating injury on the back of what has been a largely frustrating season for me so far.

“It’s not ideal but potentially it’s a two to three week injury which would make me touch and go for this weekend but I’ll be confident of being ready for the week after if not.”

McGuire also spoke how difficult the adjustment to life as captain has been for him in 2016. Injuries and poor form from the Rhinos see them in the bottom four after McGuire replaced Kevin Sinfield as skipper, but he is confident the tide will turn in the months to come.

“It’s been really tough. It’s been a difficult few months for the team and me personally and it’s not how I imagined things going when I was told I’d be captain,” he admitted.

“All that excitement and buzz about being part of this new team hasn’t gone to plan, but that’s sport. I’ve just got to ride this bad period out, stay as positive as I can and I’ll get some game-time again and find my feet.”