Leigh Centurions front-row forward Michael Ostick is set to miss the start of the club’s 2014 Kingstone Press Championship campaign.
The 25-year-old has to undergo an operation on each shoulder and will miss the first couple of months of the new season.
“He has a tear in each shoulder,” explained Centurions head coach Paul Rowley. “It is something that needs sorting out, but unfortunately it will sideline him for quite a while.”
Ostick is not the only player to undergo surgery over the next couple of weeks.
Rowley said: “Martyn Ridyard needs a knee operation, Paul Acton has a minor hernia that needs sorting and Simon Finnigan has picked up a slight elbow injury.
“All three should still be fit for the start of the season. This is nothing new. Now is the time of the year when players get those operations that sort out the niggling injuries and all four are doing just that and will be back in full training hopefully before Christmas.”
Finnigan is one of several players from the Centurions who have been involved in international duty and those will be expected back in training on or around November 25.
“We have given them an extra bit of time off so that they get the same amount of rest time as the others,” added Rowley. “It is the price we pay as a club for having players of international quality.
“All our players have done exceptionally well in the competition and their performances allied to the game played at the LSV work towards putting Leigh on the map and letting the fans know who we are and where we play.”