Leeds hit by Swainston blow
Leeds Carnegie prop Phil Swainston is facing a long spell on the sidelines with a serious wrist injury.
Last Updated: 29/09/10 6:37pm
Leeds Carnegie's teenage prop Phil Swainston is set for a long spell out after suffering a suspected hairline fracture in his wrist.
Swainston, 19, picked up the problem during his side's 48-6 defeat to Leicester on September 25.
Leeds, who are bottom of the Aviva Premiership after losing their first four games of the season, will also be without number eight Alfie To'oala for around a fortnight.
To'oala has undergone an operation to repair an injured adductor muscle.
"Unfortunately it looks like Phil has a hairline fracture," said Leeds director of rugby Andy Key.
"We will know more in the coming weeks but it looks like he will have a period of time on the sidelines.
"Alfie To'oala has had an operation today (Sep 29) to clear up the issue he has been having.
"We took the decision to get it sorted once and for all and will deal with the short-term pain of him not being available for a couple of weeks for the long-term gain of having him right for the season.
"Thankfully we have got a few people coming back into contention.
"Kearnan Myall and Luther Burrell, who both missed last week's game at Leicester, will be available for selection whilst Dan Browne and Scott Barrow, who came off at Welford Road, have responded well to treatment."
Leeds travel to face league leaders London Irish on Saturday.