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Swainston set for long spell out

Leeds Carnegie have been dealt a blow with the news that prop Phil Swainston is facing a long spell on the sidelines with a serious wrist injury.

The 19-year-old suffered a suspected hairline fracture during the weekend's heavy defeat at Leicester, while number eight Alfie To'oala has undergone an operation on an adductor muscle problem and will be out for around two weeks.

Director of rugby Andy Key said: "Unfortunately it looks like Phil has a hairline fracture. We will know more in the coming weeks but it looks like he will have a period of time on the sidelines."

He added: "Alfie To'oala has had an operation today (Wednesday) to clear up the issue he has been having. We took the decision to get it sorted once and for all and will deal with the short-term pain of him not being available for a couple of weeks for the long-term gain of having him right for the season.

"Thankfully we have got a few people coming back into contention. Kearnan Myall and Luther Burrell, who both missed last week's game at Leicester, will be available for selection whilst Dan Browne and Scott Barrow, who came off at Welford Road, have responded well to treatment."

Key's side, who are bottom of the table, travel to face leaders London Irish on Saturday still looking for their first win of the Aviva Premiership season.

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