SCRUTON RULED OUT FOR FOUR MONTHS

Leeds Rhinos have announced that England prop Nick Scruton will be out of action for up to four months after suffering a stress fracture to his left foot.

Leeds Rhinos have announced that England prop Nick Scruton will be out of action for up to four months after suffering a stress fracture to his left foot. Scruton, 22, had surgery last Friday to pin the damaged navicular bone in his foot and will now spend between six and eight weeks in plaster before beginning rehabilitation for a similar period of time. Head Coach Tony Smith said, "It is disappointing for Nick after he had worked so hard in pre-season and was looking in great shape. He reported some pain in the foot and had a scan last week which revealed the fracture. We booked him in for surgery as quickly as possible and he will now work with our medical team to get back out on the field as soon as possible. "Nick will come back stronger and more determined. The way he is looking at it, he will be fresh for the back end of the year when there are some really important games. He is looking at it in the most positive way he can," added Smith. Rhinos Head Physiotherapist Meirion Jones said the injury was a rare one for rugby players, "The injury is more common with middle or long distance runners and is a cumulative injury after clocking up lots of miles on hard surfaces. Nick is unlucky to have suffered this type of break, especially given the soft conditions we usually train in during the winter. The likely lay off in total is 16-18 weeks."