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Insect bite sidelines Rhino Smith

Lee Smith
Smith is a Leeds academy product

Leeds Rhinos' Lee Smith has been ruled out for up to four weeks after undergoing knee surgery following a reaction to an insect bite.

The 22-year-old winger suffered the bite last Saturday and, after the swelling failed to subside, underwent surgery on Wednesday.

Coach Brian McClennan said: "It has all happened very quickly.

"He has been taking antibiotics but the bite has got infected and swelled up over the past two days."

McClennan added: "He is still in hospital and probably will be for a couple of days."

Leeds will also be without prop Ryan Bailey for the visit of Catalans Dragons on Friday after he picked up a groin strain in training.

Second rower Ali Lauitiiti is back after recovering from a hamstring injury.

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