Rhinos Achurch ruled out for eight weeks


12th July 2013

Leeds Rhinos forward Mitch Achurch will be out of action for up to eight weeks following consultation with a specialist on the knee injury he suffered in the defeat at Warrington last Friday.

The former Penrith second row dislocated his kneecap and tore ligaments and a section of his quad muscle that was attached to the kneecap. Initially Achurch feared his debut season in Super League had come to a premature end however the specialist has told him he will not need surgery and could return before the end of the regular season.

Commenting on the injury, Rhinos physiotherapist Andy Barker said, “The specialist is happy to manage Mitch’s injury conservatively at this stage. He will be in a brace for three weeks followed by a period of approximately five weeks of rehabilitation.”

The Rhinos medical staff will continue to monitor forward Brad Singleton after he suffered a leg injury in the same day. Barker added, “Brad’s injury has settled down well throughout the week and we will monitor him in the early part of next week ahead of the Wakefield game. He has a chance of being available for that game but that will depend on whether his recovery continues at the same rate.”

Head Coach Brian McDermott commented, “Whilst eight weeks is a long lay off for Mitch it is good news that he will be back before the end of the season, especially for him personally as he has been showing his best form for us in recent weeks. The players will have benefited from some down time this week and I am expecting everyone to be fresh and ready to go next week against Wakefield.”