Leeds Rhinos have suffered a blow with the news that new hooker Paul Aiton will miss the next three months of the Super League season.
The Papa New Guinea international, who joined from Wakefield Wildcats during the close-season, will undergo a course of prescribed medication to treat the medical condition which has kept him sidelined for the past two weeks.
Aiton missed Leeds' league defeat against St Helens and their Tetley's Challenge Cup win over the Wildcats on Sunday and chief executive Gary Hetherington says the 28-year-old is gutted to be unavailable alongside Jamie Jones-Buchanan.
"Paul is desperately disappointed because he feels fit and healthy but after tests and consultation with a specialist he has been advised that he needs a course of medication," he told the club's official website.
"He will not be able to play whilst taking this medication until he has made a full recovery. This process is expected to be about 12 weeks, but he will be monitored on a monthly basis."
Aiton added: "I'm so enjoying being part of the Rhinos team and really disappointed I will be out for so long. But, I'll do all I have to and be back raring to go."
Head coach Brian McDermott commented: "Paul had settled in really well, so to be losing him and Jamie Jones-Buchanan for the next three months is a blow, but at least they'll both come back at a crucial time of the season pretty fresh and fit."
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