McGuire eager to keep playing

Leeds Rhinos playmaker Danny McGuire is hoping the rib injury suffered in Saturday's Challenge Cup final victory over Castleford does not keep him sidelined.

The 31-year-old played a pivotal role in the success at Wembley, scoring a try and a late drop-goal that clinched a 23-10 success - ending a run of six straight Challenge Cup final defeats.

McGuire damaged a rib during a tackle prior to landing the game-winning one pointer and he had to be rushed to hospital after the game meaning he missed some of the celebrations.

Leeds tackle league leaders St Helens, live on Sky Sports, at Headingley on Friday and while McGuire remains very sore he is hopeful he will remain available for head coach Brian McDermott.

"I knew I had hurt my ribs, but I think you know as a player if it is a serious injury and I didn't think it was," McGuire told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

"But I had a few tests and the doc was a bit worried about a lung injury, about whether I had punctured it.

"The next minute I was in the ambulance, with the blue flashing lights, on my way to hospital. I was devastated really, because I wanted to be on the bus with the lads after the game.

"Those are memories you don't forget, so I was disappointed I missed out on that. But I suppose you have to make sure your health is all right. I got back to the hotel not long after the lads anyway, so I didn't miss much of the celebrations."

McGuire added: "It is nothing serious, it's just ribs - rib cartilage. I will just see how it goes, see how it settles down.

"It is one of those injuries that takes a while to settle down and it might be a case of just cracking on with it."