9th January 2021, 12:30 | Leeds
Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Richard Agar has confirmed England halfback Luke Gale has suffered a torn pectoral muscle and is likely to miss the start of the 2021 Betfred Super League season.
Gale lifted the Challenge Cup in his first season since returning to Leeds Rhinos and will be hopeful of featuring in his second Rugby League World Cup with England later this year.
Agar said: “The injury is a three-month injury. Once we get the operation done which is early next week, there is a possibility that nine or 10 weeks is the target date.
“It is unlikely that he is going to make the start of the season, but he won’t be too far off.
“He has just had a really enjoyable year where he got to lift the Challenge Cup for us. He was buzzing about coming in this year and to cop something like that so early is disappointing and frustrating, but it is the sport we play and every now and then we get instances like this.”
However, Agar offered positive news on fellow England squad member Harry Newman who is recovering from a double leg break suffered in a September victory over Hull Kingston Rovers.
Agar said: “Harry Newman is really in front of where he needs to be in terms of his leg.
“We are not going to rush him back, but he is very positive. The specialist gave him the news that he is in front and that he’s coming on really well.
“He is back on his feet and is training with us. He’s not running and joining in with us but he’s able to do a few static skills and things like that which from a mental perspective too is a sign of progression for him.
“He has handled the time off and the injury well and is literally attacking what he has got to do day by day very well.
“It can be a very difficult period training on your own and after such a huge traumatic injury for him, I think the way he has dealt with it has been remarkable for such a young bloke.”