Brian McDermott has revealed that scrum half/hooker Rob Burrow and second-rower Brett Ferres are facing a spell on the sidelines as both are to undergo surgery.
Burrow, 34, has not played for Leeds since the 22-14 win over Leigh at Headingley on 2nd June due to a shoulder injury picked up in that game. At first, the Rhinos medical staff thought Burrow would be able to return after a few weeks, but the injury has proved to be problematic and he will now miss the next 6 weeks, ruling him out of the Challenge Cup semi-final against Hull FC at Doncaster.
Ferres most recently featured in last Friday’s loss to Castleford, but will have an operation next Tuesday on a knee issue which will keep him out for 4 weeks, so is likely to absent for the final rounds of the regular season as his side take on St. Helens, Salford, Hull FC and Wigan, but could be fit enough return for the Cup semi-final on Saturday July 29th.
This news means Leeds are now without a number of key and experienced players for this Thursday’s Super League fixture with St. Helens following the one-game suspensions given to Captain Danny McGuire (foul language towards official) and Jamie-Jones Buchanan (shoulder charge). Ashton Golding, Brett Delaney and Jimmy Keinhorst also remain unavailable.