Leeds Rhinos: Luck is not on my side at moment says Jonesy

Jamie Jones-Buchanan
Jamie Jones-Buchanan
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Injured Leeds Rhinos forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan has put his latest setback down to a run of bad luck.

INJURED LEEDS Rhinos forward Jamie Jones-Buchanan has put his latest setback down to a run of bad luck.

Jones-Buchanan is waiting to hear how long he can expect to be sidelined after suffering a torn biceps in last Friday’s 14-10 defeat at St Helens.

The injury came in Jones-Buchanan’s fourth appearance of the season, after a long lay-off due to knee and calf muscle problems.

“I am all right, but obviously a bit disappointed at picking up another injury,” said the 32-year-old back-rower.

“What can you do? I would not mind so much if it was the same thing, but it is something different every time.

“I think it’s just a run of bad luck and these things happen. The strange thing is, all the injuries I have had have been on my right side: pcl (knee ligament damage) times two, calf tear and now biceps.

“My left side is like brand new! It is a blow and it’s a test, but all I can do is keep working hard.”

The injury occurred 15 minutes into the game at Langtree Park and Jones-Buchanan added: “I felt it go.

“It felt like a really bad dead-arm, but I thought I would carry on going. It was hard work because I couldn’t straighten my right arm - I couldn’t do much with it, I had pins and needles and not much strength.

“But carrying the ball wasn’t too bad, because if you can get your body in front of them (the tackler) you are halfway there.

“I played on until half-time and the physio said if I carried on I’d risk rupturing it and ruptures can lead to operations, so I didn’t go back out.

“I have had a scan on it (yesterday) and I will know more when we’ve got the results, but I am hoping I won’t be out for too long.”

Jones-Buchanan admitted he was disappointed not to be able to finish last week’s game, but he feels Rhinos won’t be derailed by their first defeat of the year.

“You want to play in games like that,” he said. “But it is not about me, it’s about the team.

“It was disappointing we lost, everybody was doing whatever they could for the team and I was gutted we couldn’t get the result.

“But we can be pleased to an extent with where we are - and we know there’s still a lot of improvement and sharpening up to do.”

Meanwhile, stand-off/loose-forward Liam Sutcliffe has been recalled by Leeds following a month on loan at Bradford Bulls.

Bradford coach Francis Cummins said: “Liam has been fantastic for us, he has provided another number for us – in a key position. In return, we have been able to give him some valuable game time in Super League.

“He has certainly impressed and has begun to work out his game. Having played on the front at Leeds, coming to Bradford to play on the back foot – at the moment – is not easy to do.

“I believe both parties have benefited from his move and I would like to thank (Rhinos coach) Brian McDermott and (chief executive) Gary Hetherington for their assistance.

“They were more than willing to help us and I must pay tribute to them both for their kindness.”

ALL SQUARE: Kemar Roofe makes it 2-2 as Leeds United yet again have to fight back from going behind. Picture by James Hardisty.

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