Hull Head Coach Brett Hodgson has confirmed both Luke Gale and Adam Swift have gone to hospital as a result of injuries they picked up during their 4-0 defeat to Warrington.
Swift was taken off early in the first half, with a possible fractured fibula. Meanwhile, Gale was taken off for a Head Injury Assessment after taking a knock to the head whilst trying to score a try.
Gale failed the HIA, meaning Jacob Hookem had to play more than half of the game in the halves. Swift’s injury meant Connor Wynne moved out to the wing, and Jordan Lane went into the centre.
Hodgson admitted these injuries hurt the way Hull wanted to play.
He said: “It’s hard to be disappointed when the effort was what it was, especially after losing a couple of key players.
Losing Luke Gale with a concussion at that time, hurt the way that we wanted to play and you can see that we were very disjointed today.
“(Gale is) not good to be honest. He is going to the hospital. So hopefully he’ll be okay.”
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On Swift, Hodgson added: “It looks like he (Swift) might have broken his leg. So he’s going to the hospital as well.
“Jordan Lane had to go over to the left centre. I thought he did an admirable job as well over there. But losing him then meant Ligi Sao had to play 80 minutes in the back row.
“So we lost a bit of punch in the middle part of the field because he’s good for us in that regard. And then our interchange, we only had two big men that had to come off and on.
“You lose any player , it disrupts the team. If you lose a pivotal one in certain specific positions, it affects the entire structure of your team.”
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