Four months out for Leeming
Leeds Rhinos hooker Kruise Leeming has been ruled out for up to four months after undergoing knee surgery.
The 24-year-old joined from Huddersfield Giants on a two-year deal in November, having made 120 appearances for the Kirkless club following his debut in 2013.
Leeming suffered his initial setback in training before Christmas but, with no improvement, he has had surgery to repair the issue and looks set to be out until June.
"It is deeply disappointing," said head coach Richard Agar, according to the BBC. "Initially it looked like he might be out for six weeks but once he'd gone into theatre, there was more going on than the scans had initially revealed.
"It has been a frustrating period for him over the last few weeks but the positive news is that we have a resolution now.
"He knows the timetable when he will back fit and ready to go. It has all been sorted now and we look forward to seeing him back in action in four months."
Leeds travel to Salford on Saturday after losing their opening fixture of 2020 to Hull FC before thrashing Hull KR last weekend.
Brad Dwyer has been playing hooker in Leeming's absence and looks set to continue, with half-back Richie Myler also likely to spend time in the role.
Jack Ogalbe has been working for the team since his student days, having enjoyed a successful placement. He is an avid West Ham fan but also enjoys writing on rugby union, golf, tennis and cycling.