Wem­b­ley no-go a tragedy for Danny


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LEEDS play­ers have an added mo­ti­va­tion to win a first Chal­lenge Cup fi­nal in 13 years af­ter play­maker Danny McGuire was ruled out of the Wem­b­ley show­piece.

The 29-year-old (above) is out for up to eight weeks with the knee in­jury he picked up in Fri­day’s win over Widnes.

He will now miss his side’s date with War­ring­ton on Au­gust 25 and could also be a doubt for the end-of-sea­son play-off cam­paign.

Leeds coach Brian Mc­Der­mott says the need to win the fi­nal for McGuire is driv­ing his play­ers on.

“There’s that an­gle to take. While it won’t be in their minds all the time, there’ll be noth­ing bet­ter than hand­ing him a medal at the end of it and tak­ing pho­tos with his brace on and the tro­phy,” said Mc­Der­mott.

“That’s what you think about if you get the job done. They get on re­ally well the play­ers, they’re a good and tight group and they will all have Danny as a form of mo­ti­va­tion.

“It’s big, he was go­ing to have a good go, he was in the right frame of mind.

“We’ve been through a process and he was a part of that. It’s tragic. I bet he’s feel­ing wretched.

“I can’t tell you how he’s feel­ing, but I can only imag­ine what it’s like to have a Chal­lenge Cup fi­nal ap­pear­ance snatched from him.

“Ev­ery­one has ral­lied around him and spo­ken to him – but he’s a pro­fes­sional, he’s got it cov­ered and he knows how to deal with it.

“He’ll deal with it in the right way, but it sure as hell hurts.”

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