Leeds forward Weller Hauraki has been ruled out for up to three weeks with a calf strain.
Hauraki, 27, picked up the injury in Sunday's 44-16 win over Widnes, although the positive news for him and the Rhinos is that he hasn't suffered a tear.
The Kiwi, who signed from Crusaders at the end of the 2010 season, has already begun rehabilitation with the Rhinos medical team.
He missed just three Super League games for the Rhinos last season, and was an ever present for Crusaders in 2010, scoring 11 tries.
With the glass ceiling to Super League being removed from next season, the path to the top flight opens up for Cumbria once again.
The Super League play-offs in their current form may attract some criticism, but they are keeping the season alive for several clubs in the bottom half.
The bonus point system, that has been in place in the Championships for the past eight seasons, is on the agenda for possible inclusion in Super League next year.
London Broncos have confirmed that Alex Walker has signed a full-time deal with the club.