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Vincent Duport: Misses out for Dragons through injury

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Kevin Sinfield: Shrugged off ankle injury and included in Leeds' 19-man squad

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Leeds skipper Kevin Sinfield has recovered from injury and looks set to lead his team in Friday's trip to face Catalans Dragons.

The England captain hobbled off the field with an ankle problem during last week's impressive home win against Warrington and was initially ruled out for both the trip to Perpignan and the Rhinos' match away at Huddersfield on March 7.

However, delighted coach Brian McDermott said: "Kev recovered really well over the weekend.

"It was a reasonable twist there and a roll of his ankle. But he's responded really well to treatment and Kev is frantically doing everything he can to try and get it right for Friday.

"Our initial findings after the game meant I honestly thought it would be two weeks but he's got a chance for Friday."

Sinfield has scored in all 19 matches between Leeds and the Dragons since 2006. Stand-off Liam Sutcliffe, who impressed many when deputising for the injured Danny McGuire last season, has been added to the squad as cover.

The Rhinos did the Super League double over Friday's opponents in 2013, producing a memorable performance to win 27-12 in Perpignan at Easter, before a hard-fought 20-12 success at Headingley in Round 26.

Under pressure

The head-to-head between the clubs has the Rhinos ahead with 15 wins including play-off meetings, to the French club's four and the home side will have to be at their best if they are to topple the former champions.

Catalan coach Laurent Frayssinous is under pressure after defeats in both their matches so far and selected a 19-man squad that excludes seven regular first-teamers.

Vincent Duport, Scott Dureau, Ben Pomeroy and Damien Cardace all miss out due to injuries, while Olivier Elima and Julian Bousquet are both serving bans. Kiwi international Louis Anderson, who arrived in Perpignan on Thursday, will not be fit for the game.

All of that means that Frayssinous has had to recall Mickael Simon, Jean-Philippe Baile and Frédéric Vaccari into the squad for what will be their seasonal debuts.

Dragons: Webb, Escaré, Pryce, Oldfield, Bosc, Henderson, Lima, Taia, Mounis, Maria, Pelissier, Whitehead, Millard, Simon, Fakir, Paea, Baitieri, Baile, Vaccari

Rhinos: Hardaker, Jones-Bishop, Watkins, Moon, Hall, McGuire, Burrow, Leuluai, Aiton, Peacock, Ablett, Sinfield (c), Ward, Delaney, Bailey, Clarkson, Briscoe, Sutcliffe, Singleton

Kick-off is at 7pm in France but you can see all the action from Stade Gilbert Brutus on Sky Sports 1 HD at 10pm.

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