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Rhinos Hit an Injury Crisis
Posted by southstander on April 19 2005 - 14:54:48

Out for Four
Okay...so the headline is a little 'tongue in cheek', but...

With news today that Danny McGuire has picked up his second long term injury of the season, Leeds have shown that they are in the same injury situation as many of the other Superleague clubs in 2005.

In his programme notes last week, Maurice Lindsay commented on Leeds '...once again they have been blessed with a more or less injury free run.' Superleague coaches and chairmen can kid themselves all they like, but we've had our fair share of injuries, and with just the one blip against Wakefield, we've played through them.

Danny Mcguire is the lastest in a long list of 2004/2005 injuries for the Rhinos. Much has been written about the groin injury to McGuire which kept him out earlier this season, and the longer term injuries to Diskin and Cummins. Gareth Ellis has been under the knife, and McKenna has been missing for the last two matches.

If Tony Smith is to be believed, and he wasn't simply resting players, we've also suffered injuries to Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Barrie McDermott and Willie Poching at various points this season. That little lot means that we are hardly immune to the problems of injuries.

The difference that we have over other clubs such as Wigan, Bradford and St. Helens is that we have strength in depth, thanks five years of hard work in the youth department. Wigan have suffered from paying vast salaries to the likes of Craig Smith, Andy Farrell and Adrian Lam, forcing them to sell the emerging 'crown jewels' and removing the injury back-up that they might have otherwise had. Lindsay has made his bed, and now has to lie in it!

The situation at Leeds is infinitely better than it was a few years ago, when we seemed unable to keep the likes of Bradley Clyde and Brett Mullins on the pitch. The game is harder and faster than it was then, and a great deal of credit must go to the fitness coaches and physiotherapists who keep out heroes on the pitch.

It is a blow to lose Danny for five games, but they should be amongst the easiest five games of the season. It may be a blessing in disguise as Danny looks far from match fit after recovering from his groin operation. The injury will not stop Danny training, allowing him to return to full fitness for the run-in to the end of the season and our assault on the Challenge Cup. Take your time Danny, get fully fit and then set the game alight.

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