Leeds Rhinos have announced that Kruise Leeming has undergone knee surgery and will be out of action for between 12 and 16 weeks.
Leeming, 24, is yet to make his Leeds debut since arriving from Huddersfield after suffering an injury just before Christmas.
“It is deeply disappointing, especially for Kruise, who has been fantastic in and around the camp since he arrived from the Giants,” said head coach Richard Agar.
“It has been a frustrating period for him over the last few weeks but the positive news is that we have a resolution now and he knows the timetable when he will back fit and ready to go.
“Initially it looked like he might be out for six weeks but once he had gone into theatre, there was a bit more going on than the scans had initially revealed. It has all been sorted now and we look forward to seeing him back in action in four months.”