Leeds Rhinos were dealt yet another injury blow in tonight’s Super League clash at Leigh Centurions after losing captain Luke Gale inside the opening quarter.
The former Castleford Tigers man was hurt in a tackle after appearing to take a knock to his leg and was replaced by Brad Dwyer, which saw starting hooker Kruise Leeming move into the halves alongside Rob Lui.
It was Gale’s first game back after serving a one-match ban and a potentially major setback to the Rhinos’ play-off hopes.
At the time of the scrum-half’s departure, his side were leading 6-0 with a try from Zane Tetevano, his first for the club, converted by Rhyse Martin.
Leeds provided an update just after half-time, confirming Gale wouldn’t return and was in a knee brace.
Problems are mounting for Leeds head coach Richard Agar with Liam Sutcliffe having been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury.
Injuries have never been far away at Headingley this season, to the point that this was Gale’s first game alongside Lui in 2021.
He joined the likes of Alex Walker, Alex Mellor and, in all probability, Mikolaj Oledzki as season-ending injury victims.
Matt Prior also remains sidelined after testing positive for Covid-19, but is expected to be back in contention for next Thursday’s home clash with Huddersfield Giants.