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Injury update on four stars as forward’s shock absence explained

Leeds Rhinos may have won against Hull FC last night but there were plenty of concerns arising out of the fixture.

This was because three star players left the field for Leeds, the first being Aidan Sezer after a head knock.

On Sezer, Leeds boss Rohan Smith gave an update:

“We did okay whilst he was with his HIA, he passed. It was more a choice at halftime he had a bump there, a contusion, a real sore spot but no concussion symptoms and I just made that choice and I have been key to get Ash Handley an opportunity to play fullback.

“Sezer also rolled his ankle a bit in that moment so it was just a day when we were well positioned to handle it with Tindall on the bench and Ash at fullback has trained there a lot and has done well there.”

Next Nene MacDonald went off because of what Smith said was “general tightness”:

“He is okay, he had a bit of general tightness. He has been through a very hefty work load especially after last week and a short turn around so he had some tightness so we weren’t taking any risks there.”

Lastly Harry Newman went off because of similar logic:

“Yeah similar. Harry, on a short turn around for a guy like him, maybe one too many shady offloads as well. He needs to reign things in a bit but I think he tried really hard again tonight.”

“I took him off because the result had been decided and having him available next week after a short turnaround was important. He did throw a few shady offloads but that wasn’t the reason.”

Lastly he also explained the surprise absence of James Bentley in the side:

“He had a groin niggle, general soreness all the way up till yesterday. He did some physio work yesterday and ran quite well but we had plenty of fit forwards and I wanted to carry an outside back given the short turnaround.

“He could have played but I didn’t want to risk it, it was a tough call and he will be back in the mix next week.”

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