Leeds Rhinos: Delaney reveals “freak” accident which has ruled him out

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BRETT DELANEY has revealed the “freak” accident that left the frustrated Leeds Rhinos star sidelined once more.

BRETT DELANEY has revealed the “freak” accident that left the frustrated Leeds Rhinos star sidelined once more.

There had been hope the Aussie second-row could be fit in time for Sunday’s game against Widnes Vikings as he recovers from a groin problem that has kept him out for three weeks.

But Delaney says he won’t be in the frame for the 19-man squad named tomorrow – and explained what originally happened to leave him crocked.

“I had a bit of a freak accident after the Catalans game,” said the workaholic forward. “I ended up getting a grade two tear of my groin in a combat drill in the wrestling room.

“I’d just come back from injury and then that unfortunate thing happened in training.

“It could have happened to anyone; the way my leg was placed there was nowhere I could have moved.

“It ripped the groin and that was it.”

Delaney, 30, has been told he will miss four to six weeks of action in total but refuses to state which game he hopes to be back for.

“I’m not putting a time-frame on it,” he said, having been restricted to just 10 games so far this season due to a succession of injury problems.

“It will be ready when it’s ready. Unfortunately that’s the sad thing about it - I’ve pushed myself too much this year.

“I’ve put time-frames on things and it’s backfired coming back too early.

“It’s not good for me and it’s definitely not good for the team.

“It is frustrating as obviously this season has not gone to plan for me personally but I’m probably my own worst enemy by pushing myself and then breaking down.”

Delaney, who has won three Grand Finals with Leeds since joining from Gold Coast Titans in 2010, says he is “just back running” in his rehabilitation.

When he does return, he is looking forward to linking up with new signing James Segeyaro, the Papua New Guinea hooker who has signed until the end of the season as part of the deal that took Zak Hardaker to Penrith Panthers.

“I’ve seen him play,” said Delaney.

“He’s an aggressive player which is great.

“He’ll bring some aggression and enthusiasm into our pack and some fresh legs.

“He’s not here yet but I’m looking forward to playing with him.

“It’ll be good for us forwards to get to know how he plays and hopefully get some wins.”

Mitch Garbutt.

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