Leeds youngster Ben Jones-Bishop has been ruled out for four mouths with the shoulder injury he sustained against Salford last week.
Jones-Bishop, 22, has started the season in fine try-scoring form after cutting his teeth in Super League during a loan spell at Harlequins last season.
But his shoulder dislocation now leaves him facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines, and the Rhinos have turned to Zak Hardaker, who has played five games for Featherstone this season on his dual-registration contract.
Head Coach Brian McDermott said: “It is disappointing on three fronts. Firstly for Ben as he was performing so well but will now have to put that on hold for the time being. Secondly, it is a blow for England as it looked as if we had a very exciting player for the national team and finally for Leeds Rhinos as we will miss out on a talented membr of our squad for four months.”
“Zak has shown a real improvement on and off the field in recent weeks. He has been getting some good gametime with Featherstone and is well used to our systems as he trains the first part of the week with us each week.”