Leeds Rhinos rocked as Kruise Leeming is ruled out long-term
Leeds Rhinos will be without hooker Kruise Leeming for up to another four months.
The England Knights player, signed from Huddersfield Giants in the off-season, has undergone knee surgery and will be unavailable for between 12 and 16 weeks.
Leeming was injured in training two days before Christmas and has yet to make his Leeds debut.
Rhinos had at first expected Leeming to be available for the start of the season and then within the opening month of the campaign - and the damage proved worse than thought before the operation began.
Coach Richard Agar said: "Initially it looked like he might be out for six weeks, but once he had gone into theatre there was a bit more going on than the scans had initially revealed.
"It has all been sorted now and we look forward to seeing him back in action in four months'."
Agar said Leeming has been "fantastic in and around the camp" and described the update as "deeply disappointing".
He added: "The positive news is we have had a resolution now and he knows the timetable when he will be back fit and ready to go."
Meanwhile, Rhinos' reserves fixture at Salford, scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed.