Senior ruled out for the season

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that scans have revealed that former England centre Keith Senior will require surgery on the knee injury that he suffered in last Friday’s Carnegie Challenge Cup win over Harlequins which will rule him out for the rest of the season.

Scans on Monday confirmed a tear to his anterior cruciate ligament along with some cartilage damage as well. Senior will have the operation at the start of June and will be ruled out for four to six months. The injury is not as serious as those suffered by team mates Jamie Peacock and Danny McGuire last season but will rule the centre out for the remainder of the 2011 campaign.

Commenting on the news the 35-year-old said, “I was devastated after the specialist confirmed the worst news. The injury is similar to the one that Kallum Watkins had last year and he was back in training after four months so that is my immediate goal after the surgery. Hopefully everything will go well and my aim is to return to playing next season.

“I texted the rest of the team last night and it was great to have their support. I wish them all the best for the rest of the season. The fact that I am injured does not change our goals and objectives and I am sure they can bring silverware back to Headingley Carnegie this year,” added Senior.

Head Coach Brian McDermott added, “First and foremost, our thoughts are with Keith. He has outstanding for us this season both on and off the field. When we had our dip earlier in the season, Keith did everything possible to pull us through and since we have had an upturn in form, Keith has consistently been one of our top performers. We will make sure he gets the best possible medical care and our medical staff have a good track record in getting players back from this sort of injury.”

Senior joins a list of backs who are currently out injured for the Rhinos which includes Brent Webb, Ben Jones-Bishop, Kallum Watkins and Danny McGuire.