INJURY BLOW FOR RHINOS PROSPECT
Leeds Rhinos look set to go into Thursday’s Tetley’s Super League clash with Bradford Bulls without in-form second rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan.
Leeds Rhinos look set to go into Thursday's Tetley's Super League clash with Bradford Bulls without in-form second rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan. The 22-year-old had cemented his place in the Leeds starting line-up recently, due to Matt Adamson's shoulder injury. But he was forced off in the early stages of Sunday's 46-0 win at Widnes Vikings with a foot problem, and will be assessed this week ahead of the Bulls clash. "He has hurt a ligament in his foot," said Smith. "It is a bit of a strange one. "He was in quite a bit of discomfort, so we will have to get that checked out. It is a shame for Jamie because he has been in good form." The Rhinos are confident that captain Kevin Sinfield will recover from a "slight dead leg" to play in the game, and suffered no other injuries at Widnes. Smith was a happy man after seeing his side keep a clean sheet at The Halton Stadium. "The boys were in pretty good form," he said. "They were very committed to each other and that showed in the scoreline. "We are happy about the nil, that is an achievement, but I like attack as well as defence and some of the tries we scored in the conditions were terrific." Smith admits that he will have a positive selection headache ahead of Thursday's top-of-the-table encounter. "I have got quite a few people to try and squeeze into the team and there are some good people sitting on the sidelines at the moment," he said. "I have got some problems there – but I will handle that."