McGuire out of Cup final
Knee injury sidelines Rhinos playmaker
Last Updated: August 14, 2012 9:28am
Danny McGuire: Will miss this year's Challenge Cup final with a knee injury
The Leeds Rhinos will be without half-back Danny McGuire for the Challenge Cup final he was ruled out of action for between six and eight weeks.
The 29-year-old England international suffered the injury in Friday's 68-24 victory over the Widnes Vikings and now scans have confirmed the extent of the damage.
Super League's all-time leading try scorer will be sidelined for at least six weeks, meaning he will play no part when the Rhinos do battle with the Warrington Wolves at Wembley on Saturday August 25th.
"This is the worst possible news that we could have received less than a fortnight before the final."
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Leeds head coach Brian McDermott has acknowledged the loss of McGuire for the showpiece final will force himself to re-jig the team's tactics against Tony Smith's men.
"We are absolutely devastated for Danny that he will miss out on Wembley," McDermott told the club's official website.
"This is the worst possible news that we could have received less than a fortnight before the final and clearly we will have to have a major rethink about our tactics going into the game.
"I have spoken recently about Danny and the outstanding season he has had for us this year and he will be a big loss for the final.
"The injury is not related to his previous reconstruction and it was an innocuous clash however the scans have revealed the extent and it will need up to eight weeks recovery time."