David Fusitu’a: Winger set for minor operation on knee injury

David Fusitu'a Leeds

Leeds have confirmed that winger David Fusitu’a is set for a minor operation on his knee injury.

The surgery will keep the Tonga international out of action for a couple of weeks, the club has confirmed.

Fusitu’a, 27, made the switch to Super League during the off-season with the Rhinos from New Zealand Warriors on a two-year deal. He made more than 100 appearances in the NRL, having made his debut in 2014.

He made his first appearance in Super League against Warrington in the opening round of the season at Headingley Stadium. The fixture was also broadcast live on Channel 4, with the Rhinos losing 22-20.

The winger has only played three games so far this season for Leeds. He missed two matches after suffering concussion in round one. He also did not feature in their defeats to Salford and Castleford due to a knee injury.

“Player welfare is really important and what we want is a fit and healthy David Fusitu’a,” head coach Jamie Jones-Buchanan said ahead of their Salford clash.

“There’s a lot of the season left to be played.”

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There is only one change for their squad ahead of their Super League clash with St Helens. Youngster Max Simpson is called up, replacing the suspended Brad Dwyer

Zane Tetevano also continues to miss out due to his suspension.

Leeds Rhinos vice captain Ash Handley is set to make his 150th appearance for the club having made his debut in 2014 at London Broncos.

Cameron Smith will make his 100th career appearance having made 82 appearances so far for the Rhinos. He has also appeared for Featherstone, Bradford and England Knights.

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