Hull FC prop Scott Taylor to miss next few weeks with back injury

Drew Darbyshire

Hull FC prop Scott Taylor will miss the next few weeks after picking up a back injury in training.

The 29-year-old is set to miss this weekend’s match against Salford, while fellow prop Masi Matongo will also be sidelined with a shoulder injury suffered in training but is expected to be available later this month.

Jake Connor is fully fit after suffering a long-term knee injury, Bureta Faraimo has recovered from a hernia operation, with Adam Swift and Ratu Naulago now being fully fit after hamstring injuries.

Mahe Fonua (rib), Andre Savelio (knee), Joe Cator (hamstring) and Manu Ma’u (concussion) are all now fit and available for selection having trained fully since returning to training.

Hull FC coach Andy Last told the club’s official website: “With such a short build up to the restart and some really high intensity sessions as we prepare the players, there is always going to be a risk of injuries unfortunately.

“Scott could have played on for a few weeks, but he’s not 100% so there is no point in making his injury worse and then lose him for the full year. We’ve taken the decision to get him treated now and back to full fitness as soon as possible for the remainder of the season.

“Masi’s had a knock on his shoulder in a tackle which did a bit of damage and playing him is not worth the risk. He’s in rehab and should be available later this month.

“We have good cover in the front-row in. Josh Bowden is back to full fitness, and Chris Satae and Gareth Ellis both look in really good shape. We’ve also got Brad Fash and Jack Brown training very well and chomping at the bit, so I’m not concerned.

“Otherwise the squad looks in great shape. Jake Connor is back to full fitness and is looking really sharp and he has clearly benefitted from the break.”

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