Newly appointed Leeds Rhinos captain, Danny McGuire will be missing for up to two months with a knee injury inflicted in their narrow 12-10 home defeat to Warrington Wolves on Thursday night.
It is now highly likely he will miss the World Club Series match versus NRL champions, North Queensland Cowboys on February 22 at Headingley.
The 33-year-old stand-off is also likely to miss Super League games versus Widnes Vikings, Catalan Dragons, Huddersfield Giants, Wigan Warriors, St Helens, Castleford Tigers and Hull KR.
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The captain limped off in the 31st minute when the scores were still 0-0 and left the ground with a brace on his knee.
McGuire took to his twitter to thank the fans:
Liam Sutcliffe will continue to play despite his rustiness from a long lay-off and he is likely to be paired with experienced Rob Burrow, who will move into the halves while Beau Falloon recovers from a broken toe.
Another option is youngster Jordan Lilley, who was excellent when called upon against Warrington and despite his tender age, never looked out of his depth.
Sutcliffe, Burrow and Lilley are more than capable of getting Leeds on the right track this season and filling the void of McGuire but nonetheless, his lack of presence will be felt, especially against North Queensland in a fortnight's time.