Last night following a memorable win over Wigan to book their place in an 11th Grand Final, Rohan Smith confirmed that star centre Harry Newman would miss the decider which has now been confirmed as being against Champions St Helens.
The Rhinos have now released an official statement on the young centre revealing a setback means he will not reach fitness again until next season and will miss the World Cup.
There was hope that Newman would play last night or indeed in the Grand Final after being named in the 21-man squad against Catalans.
However, that is not the case with the centre suffering a setback which requires longer term specialist care according to the club.
The statement read: “Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that Harry Newman has been ruled out of next Saturday’s Betfred Super League Grand Final and the forthcoming Rugby League World Cup.
“The club confirmed that during Newman’s rehabilitation for the hamstring injury he suffered a further set back which will require longer term specialist and care. Newman will now focus on his return to full fitness for 2023 with the full support of the club’s medical and performance teams.
“Everyone at the Club wishes Harry all the best with his recovery.”
Leeds look set to be without Ash Handley and David Fusitu’a as well. Meanwhile, Aidan Sezer is a doubt after a head knock last night.
Morgan Gannon and Rhyse Martin will return.