HALIFAX pack recruit Ross Divorty will discover early next week when he will be able to play again after confirming he fractured a vertebrae in a freak training accident before Christmas.
The Wales international, the son of former Fax number 13 Gary, has yet to play for his new club following his move from Featherstone after being trapped under 350 kilos of weights in the Shay gym.
The York-based 23 year old had been tipped to recover in time to make his debut against Huddersfield at the end of the month, but those plans are now on hold.
“I had a CT scan on Tuesday and I’ll get the results of that next Monday,” said Divorty, part of the Rovers side that won last season’s Co-operative Championship Grand Final.
“There is a fracture in the vertebrae, I know that much, but until I get the results from the scan I don’t know any more than that.
“I’d been hoping to play against Huddersfield, but that’s obviously up in the air for the moment.
“It had been feeling okay, I’d actually started to step up the training: I’d been sprinting and doing side-to-side stuff and was working up towards doing some contact work.
“I was aware that my lower back wasn’t feeling as good as it should, but I thought it was just muscular pain.
“But when the club doctor checked the X-rays, he found a crack.”
Divorty was reluctant to second guess his potential recovery time, but emphasised that things could probably have been a lot worse.
“If it was a month or two months now, I’d take that,” he said.
“Obviously we don’t know the extent of the damage yet, but at the moment I feel hugely relieved that I wasn’t more seriously hurt.
“I was basically almost cut in half; the ambulance crew had the spinal board out and gave me morphine.
“I was conscious throughout but I was struggling to breathe and it was pretty frightening.
“I just want to get myself right now and get myself on the field for Halifax.”
Leeds coach Brian McDermott claims the Super League champions will go into the new season with some unfinished business to attend to.
The Rhinos ended 2011 in a blaze of glory, winning their last six matches to secure a fourth Grand Final triumph in five years.
“I think we’re in a unique position,” McDermott said.
“I don’t know if too many teams since Super League started that are regarded as champions but feel that there is lots and lots of unfinished business because quite a number of our performances last year were below par”