Double Premiership injury blow for Leeds

Leeds Carnegie Director of Rugby Andy Key has confirmed that prop Phil Swainston has suffered a serious wrist injury and number eight Alfie To’oala has undergone a minor operation to correct an adductor muscle picked up in Round Two at Gloucester.


Leeds Carnegie will travel to London Irish this Saturday looking for their first win of the season ahead of the first break in the Aviva Premiership Rugby season for European competition.


Commenting on the news Key said, “Unfortunately it looks like Phil has a hairline fracture. We will know more in the coming weeks but it looks like he will have a period of time on the sidelines.


“Alfie To’oala has had an operation today to clear up the issue he has been having. We took the decision to get it sorted once and for all and will deal with the short term pain of him not being available for a couple of weeks for the long term gain of having him right for the season.


“Thankfully we have got a few people coming back into contention. Kearnan Myall and Luther Burrell, who both missed last week’s game at Leicester will be available for selection whilst Dan Browne and Scott Barrrow, who came off at Welford Road, have responded well to treatment.


“Christian Lewis-Pratt and Lachlan MacKay are working hard to get back fully fit and hopefully we can include them in the coming weeks when we head into the Amlin Challenge Cup,” added Key.

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