McDermott stunned by McGuire loss
Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott described confirmation Danny McGuire will miss the Challenge Cup final as "the worst possible news".
England international McGuire limped out of the Rhinos' 68-24 Super League win against Widnes at the weekend because of a knee injury and will now face eight weeks on the sidelines.
It means the 29-year-old will miss the club's Wembley showdown on August 25 against former boss Tony Smith and his Grand Final chasing Warrington Wolves side.
McDermott said: "We are absolutely devastated for Danny that he will miss out on Wembley."
He added: "This is the worst possible news that we could have received so close to the final and clearly we will have to have a major rethink about our tactics."
McGuire is the joint top try-scorer in Super League history with 199, level with former Leeds team-mate Keith Senior, but has never won the Challenge Cup.