Rhinos star Ward out for season
Leeds Rhinos star Stevie Ward has revealed he won't play again this season due to nerve damage in his shoulder.
A disapponted Ward admits that his hopes of making a comeback in the end-of-season play-offs are over and that he won't feature again for the Rhinos until next season.
"I've had this recurring shoulder injury for about four months now," the 19-year-old half-back said. "There's been some nerve damage following my dislocation, which I suffered four months ago away at Hull KR.
"We're trying to get it stronger around the muscles, but you can't really do much when it's nerve damage. Sadly I'm not going to be back until next season.
"I was hoping to come back for the play-offs. But the specialist has looked at it and it's not going to happen. It's a kick in the teeth really."
Ward admits there's more positive news about Danny McGuire's fitness and says the England stand-off is working hard to feature before the end of the season.
"He's working hard on his fitness. We all saw how bad an injury it was, but he's had an operation and is hoping to return before the end of the play-offs. It'll be good to have more strength in depth before the season is out."
Ward admits the Rhinos will have to raise their game if they want to win a third successive Super League title, with last Friday's home defeat to Hull KR proving the competition this season is wide open.
"There's lots we need to work on," he added. "The lads were really disappointed after that defeat, so they'll be pushing hard to get things right when we face Catalan after the Challenge Cup final weekend."