Leeds Rhinos suffer huge blow as Danny McGuire is ruled out for the season
Leeds Rhinos half-back Danny McGuire has been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Last Updated: 07/06/13 2:20pm
McGuire, 30, suffered a broken fibula in last Friday's 18-6 defeat at Hull and is due to have an operation to insert a plate.
The Rhinos initially hoped he would be back in eight weeks, but further scans have also revealed ligament damage, which could mean a four-month lay-off.
McGuire missed seven months of the 2010-11 season with damaged knee ligaments, but has been an ever-present this year and broke the Super League try-scoring record last September with his 200th try.
Coach Brian McDermott said: "This is a bitter blow for Danny and the team.
"We had hoped he would be back sooner rather than later but the scans were not good news and it is going to be a lengthy lay-off.
"Danny has been in this situation before and I know he will be able to handle it mentally but it is certainly a blow.
"Our medical team will give him the best possible support and I am sure he will be working hard to get back to full fitness."