Sinfield waits on injury update


15th June 2013

England captain Kevin Sinfield fears he faces surgery and a spell on the sidelines after suffering a thumb injury in the international origin victory over the Exiles.

The Leeds skipper was withdrawn at half-time of the 30-10 World Cup warm-up victory at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and is unlikely to play in the Rhinos' Super League clash against Widnes Vikings on Monday.

Sinfield, who had influential spells at stand-off and hooker during his time on the field, said: "I'm not that sure but I'll see the surgeon over the weekend. We think it's dislocated at the moment.

"At this stage I don't see how I can play (on Monday). I think it will need some sort of operation but I will see what the surgeon says."

England's Hull FC forward Gareth Ellis, who had a long spell out at the start of the season with a foot injury, was helped off in pain in the second half but coach Steve McNamara played down fears.

McNamara said: "He just had a big back spasm. Hopefully it's not as serious as it looked.

"He was in a lot of pain, as you could tell, but he is up and walking about again now at least. It'll be 24-48 hours before we can find out the full extent of it."