Leeds Rhinos forward Tom Holroyd has been ruled out of action for 12 weeks due to an ankle injury.
The 20-year-old prop suffered the injury in the second half of the club’s pre-season friendly with Featherstone at The Millennium Stadium.
Holroyd will require surgery which he will undergo next Tuesday to repair the injury.
The forward has received shirt number 18 for the 2022 Super League campaign.
He made his Rhinos debut against Catalans in 2018 after an impressive season with the academy side. He played a further three games in 2019 and enjoyed a breakthrough year in 2020 with seven appearances.
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Leeds Rhinos head coach Richard Agar disappointed for Holroyd
On the injury, Richard Agar said: “We are looking at a 12 week rehabilitation period after the operation for Tom before he can play again.
“Although we are pretty confident if the surgery is successful we might be able to shave a couple of weeks off that.
“It is tough on Tom. He suffered a crack in his leg in pre-season last year which restricted him at the start of 2021.
“It is a difficult one for him because he had been travelling great in pre-season. He has suffered this in his first hit out. We are definitely going to miss him but we are looking at Round 6 or 7 for him to be back, if all goes to plan. He will have the best medical support and we will all get round him to support him.”