Aidan Sezer latest with injury specifics confirmed by Leeds coach

Josh McAllister
Aidan Sezer, SWPix.

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Leeds head coach Rohan Smith has provided the latest on injured half-back Aidan Sezer, who was forced from action during the defeat to Leigh.

Sezer, 31, did not return to the field in the second half at the Leigh Sports Village as the Rhinos fell to a 20-6 defeat ahead of the international break.

Smith was forced to make a couple of positional changes shortly after the second half restart which saw winger Liam Tindall come off the bench, Richie Myler move into the halves and Ash Handley slot in at full-back.

The Leeds boss has since confirmed a minor blow for Sezer, and could be forced into the same positional changes for their upcoming Super League clash with Salford at Headingley Stadium.

Aidan Sezer latest

“He suffered a really deep dead leg,” Smith confirmed on Sezer.

“It’s really deep in his quad to a point where he was in a bad way at half-time. He couldn’t really move the back end of the first half and half-time he was in a bad place.

“It’s going to be a few weeks injury. Occasionally, those bleeds go really deep and they become a relatively serious injury. 

“He’ll be a few weeks away.”

Young playmaker Jack Sinfield is also a potential replacement option for the injured Australian playmaker.

The 18-year-old has made five Super League appearances to date, but is yet to take to the field this year for Smith’s first team.

“We’ve been practising different there with Sinny (Sinfield) and also with Richie Myler in the halves and Ash (Handley) at full-back, which is what we did a lot through the pre-season games.

“We feel we have some options there to cover as needed.

“Jack has performed well. Through the pre-season, he has really grown.

“He’s still a young lad, but he’s been playing really well in academy and reserves fixtures and training well.

“I look forward to the opportunity when that’s right.”

Meanwhile, Harry Newman has also been included in Leeds’ squad to take on Salford, despite suffering an injury scare against the Leopards.

Smith confirmed that the club pulled him out of any potential England duties during the international break due to the knock, but is available for selection for Friday’s Round 11 fixture.

“It was one of those ones where his leg got stuck underneath the tackler,” Smith said.

“It gave him a bit of a fright. He was a bit dusty for a couple of days, his ankle, but after that, he was fine. It was one of those scary moments.”

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