3rd March 2021, 08:36 | Leeds
Leeds Rhinos have confirmed a double blow ahead of the 2021 Betfred Super League season with Rob Lui and Jack Walker both suffering injuries.
Lui suffered a quad tear in training and will be sidelined for eight to twelve weeks.
Fullback Jack Walker has been ruled out of action for six months and is likely to miss the entire 2021 campaign. Walker had surgery on a foot injury last season, but subsequent scans have revealed he will be unavailable for another prolonged period.
On the injury news, Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby Kevin Sinfield said: “We are disappointed for Rob and Jack as both players were keen to make a big impression this season.
“Rob is progressing well with this rehab and will be back hopefully within three months.
“It is desperately sad news for Jack. He worked hard to return to playing last season but the original correction to his foot has now failed and, along with Jack, we are speaking to the experts to find the best solution going forward to resolve the issue.
“Despite having been in the first team since 2017, Jack is still young, and our medical staff will be working with him over the coming months to help him make a full recovery.”
The Rhinos have received positive news on Harry Newman who suffered a broken leg last season, however.
“We had some positive news last week with Harry Newman running for the first time after his double leg break and he is looking to come back stronger than ever,” Sinfield added.
Leeds Rhinos will begin their 2021 Betfred Super League campaign against Wakefield Trinity at Emerald Headingley Stadium on Saturday 27th March.