Jack Walker has set the timescale for his return to action following surgery to correct a shoulder injury.

Young Leeds star Walker played on through the issue in 2019 and has since gone under the knife.

He reports that progress since the procedure has been swift and the young full-back is aiming to be in contention for the Rhinos’ Boxing Day clash with Wakefield.

He explained: “The recovery’s going really well. I had an AC reconstruction in mid-season, after Hull KR away, and it’s doing really well.

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“I’m miles ahead of where I should be and I should be back for the season.”

He added: “It was pretty tough playing on without surgery and I did a lot of rehab during the season to keep it stable

“I had injections to numb it, so I could bear the pain and get through the game.

“I had to get it done and repaired at the end of the season; I’m still young and I have to keep my body intact.”

Walker says he’ll relish the opportunity to turn out in Leeds’ festive fixture, even if it means making the odd sacrifice.

“I’m aiming to be back for Boxing Day. I should be fit for it, I’m flying with my rehab, so hopefully I’ll be ready,” he said.

“It stops me having my Christmas dinner, and I’ll have pasta the night before instead, but it’s a game I enjoy and always look forward to.”