Zak Hardaker rushed to hospital after suffering a suspected seizure whilst walking with his son just hours after training with his new Leeds Rhinos team-mates for the first time
- The England international re-joined Leeds on Tuesday on a short-term deal
- Hardaker collapsed later that afternoon whilst walking with his son
- He received emergency treatment from a paramedic who lived on the street
- Hardaker was rushed to hospital and is set to miss Friday’s clash with Hull KR
Zak Hardaker was rushed to hospital following a suspected seizure just hours after training with his new Leeds Rhinos team-mates for the first time.
The England international re-joined his old club on Tuesday on a short-term deal until the end of the season after being released by Wigan.
But on the same afternoon, Hardaker collapsed whilst walking with his son and received emergency treatment from a paramedic who lived on the street where he fell.
The 30-year-old will now miss Friday’s Super League clash against Hull KR, which was expected to be his second debut for the Rhinos.
Zak Hardaker was rushed to hospital on Tuesday after suffering a suspected seizure
Hardaker has just signed with the Leeds Rhinos after he was released by the Wigan Warriors
‘I would like to say a huge thank you to the paramedic who came to my aid and administered first aid before the ambulance arrived,’ said Hardaker.
‘It does not bear thinking about what might have been the outcome without her quick thinking.
‘It is so disappointing that I will not get to play on Friday but the Rhinos have given me great support and I will make sure I complete all the tests necessary and I hope to be back on the field as soon as possible.’
Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington added: ‘At this moment in time our only concern is Zak’s health and we will provide to him and his family whatever support is required.
‘The Rhinos medical staff are overseeing things and will be arranging a series of medical tests which will then give a clearer prognosis for his recovery.
Hardaker, who played for Leeds from 2011 to 2017, will miss their clash with Hull KR on Friday