Five Players Returning from Injury that will have an Impact in 2020

02 Feb 20, 12:24PM 0 Comments

Written by Oliver Kellner-Dunk

In 2020, many players who ended 2019 on the sideline due to injury will be chomping at the bit to get back out on the field and make an impact in the new season.

Below are a list of NRL and Super League players returning from injury that could very well make an impact upon return.


Despite an injury riddled 2019, Tom Trbojevic was arguably Manly’s best player consistently when on the field and will undeniably improve the Sea Eagles’ premiership aspirations if he can remain healthy for the duration of the season.


Christian Welch has a breakout year in 2019 to say the least, making his Origin debut for Queensland and locking down is spot in the Melbourne Storm first grade squad, however a ruptured ACL in August 2019 would end Welch’s phenomenal season early.

The prop should take back to the NRL like a house on fire in 2020 like never before, proving he has overcome his injury and looking to pick up where he left off last season and once again secure a place in the Queensland Origin squad.


Unfortunately since moving to the Brisbane Broncos Jack Bird hasn’t had the best luck with injuries, most recently rupturing his ACL in May 2019, ruling him out for the remainder of the season.

Bird is a versatile player that will be looking to once again prove in 2020 that he is a worthy investment made by the Broncos as the side looks to improve on their finish in 2019.


After rupturing his Achilles Tendon we would not see Luke Gale take part in the 2019 Super League season and subsequently not see the player turn out for the Castleford Tigers again, with the halfback signing for the Leeds Rhinos who he will debut for in 2020.

After quite a significant injury, Gale will have a lot of ground to make up and will be looking to prove to the world that he is still one of the best halves in the league by making an instant impact upon return for his new side the Leeds Rhinos who are also looking to prove that they are back to former glory in 2020.


Wakefield Trinity player Tom Johnstone has had a tough go at it the past couple of years with two severe injuries in that time, most recently suffering an ACL rupture in early 2019.

The winger will not only be looking to prove how invaluable he is to his side in 2020, but will be looking to get through the season unscathed to prove he is over this injury.

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