Balshaw injury fears recede

Concerns over the fitness of Iain Balshaw have receded after it was revealed the England full-back has suffered only a slight quadricep tear. [more]

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Concerns over the fitness of Iain Balshaw have receded after it was revealed the England full-back has suffered only a slight quadricep tear.

Balshaw – who is set to tour New Zealand this summer with the British & Irish Lions – sustained the injury in Leeds’ 20-12 Powergen Cup final victory over Bath on Saturday.

The 26-year-old skipper limped off after just four minutes at Twickenham, raising question marks over his involvement in the Tykes’ remaining two Zurich Premiership matches.

But he underwent a scan on Tuesday which revealed the damage is not serious and he could return against Bath a week on Saturday.

He has spent the last two days at a Lions get-together near Cardiff and is due back in Headingley on Wednesday when Leeds’ medical team will announce an estimated return.

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