LEEDS RHINOS talisman Rob Burrow today confirmed he will undergo surgery on the collarbone broken during last Saturday’s Challenge Cup win over St Helens.
The operation will mean Burrow, who made his 400th appearance for the club less than two weeks ago, will be out of action until the summer.
The diagnosis is a massive blow for Burrow and for Rhinos, who have been left without an experienced hooker following Burrow’s injury and Paul Aiton’s lay-off due to illness.
Burrow said: “I am having an op this week [and will be out for] 12 weeks.”
The injury happened in the second half of last Saturday’s fifth round tie, which Rhinos won 32-12.
Burrow has described it as “part and parcel of rugby league” and said: “I shot up on the short side to make a tackle.
“I wanted to get up and get him [Saints’ ball carrier] early.
“I went quite low on him and I think I just hit him on the kneecap. It is one of those things.”
Rhinos - who are at home to Wigan Warriors on Friday - could now look to bring a hooker in either on loan or permanently, promote from the under-19s or play a member of the existing senior squad out of position.