Super League: Brian McDermott says Leeds' Ryan Bailey and Brett Delaney to be fit
Last Updated: 03/01/14 3:10pm
Ryan Bailey: Expected to be fit for Leeds' season-opener against Hull KR next month
Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott has confirmed Ryan Bailey and Brett Delaney will both be fit for the new Super League season.
Bailey missed Leeds' Boxing Day friendly draw against Wakefield Wildcats with an Achilles problem while Australian forward Brett Delaney had to be substituted with a chest problem.
The former Super League champions open their campaign away to Hull KR on February 16 and Bailey and Delaney are set to be available for McDermott for their trip to East Yorkshire.
"Bails will be good. Because of the injury he had last year he was very keen to play on Boxing Day and it was a shame he couldn't make it," McDermott told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
"But we weren't going to push him for that game. I don't think he could have played anyway and even if he had made it on to the field I don't think he would have finished the game, so we took the decision not to risk him."
McDermott said of Delaney: "He got some damage to a rib at the top of his chest, so that was very painful to him, but in terms of long-term damage he should be okay."
One player who could miss out at New Craven Park is Ian Kirke, who is set to have a plate fitted for a rib injury.
"He's going to have a plate fitted," McDermott concluded. "He had a rib injury last year and he played with it. He has a crack in his rib and we hoped the joint would have knitted together. It has, but not as well as it could have done.
"Rather than going through the season injecting him and trying to manage it we are going to get that sorted out. He could be back for the start of the season, but if not he'll only miss one or two games."