Keinhorst could be back ahead of schedule

Leeds Rhinos have received a major injury boost after it was revealed that key forward Jimmy Keinhorst will not need surgery on an injury after all.

It was first feared that Keinhorst, who has been in magnificent form for the Challenge Cup winners in 2015, would need to go under the knife to correct a problem suffered against St Helens two weeks ago.

Keinhorst was sent for scans after damaging his eye during the loss to the defending Super League champions – with fears he had initially fractured an eye socket that could have ruled him out for a number of weeks.

But after it was revealed he did not need surgery, Rhinos coach Brian McDermott admitted it is great news for the player.


McDermott said: “This is great news for Jimmy because he has been in good form for us so far this season especially since his move to the pack.

“We are hopeful of having Kallum Watkins back for this week (against Castleford, on Thursday) and Rob Burrow is working hard to get back to face the Tigers, however time will be the major factor with Rob.”