Hull FC star Jake Trueman is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines with a suspected ruptured Achilles, coach Tony Smith has confirmed.
The 24-year-old half-back left the action during Hull’s 18-4 defeat to Warrington at the MKM Stadium on Saturday afternoon and went straight to hospital.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Smith says the club were feeling for Trueman, who had only recovered from an ACL injury earlier this season.
“He’s gone straight to hospital,” Smith said. “We’re pretty confident he’s ruptured his Achilles.
“It’s tough as he’s worked really hard to fight back from injury and started the season late so that’s a pretty significant one for Jake. We’re all feeling for him.
“We’ve no doubt he’ll come back from this as he’s a tough and terrific young man but it’s a hard one to take and unfortunately these things can happen in our game.”
Tony Smith dissects Hull’s defeat to Warrington
Hull currently sit ninth in the Super League table with four games of the regular season remaining, which come against Leeds, Castleford, Huddersfield and St Helens as they look to make the play-offs.
Analysing their defeat to Warrington, Smith said his side were beaten by the better team.
He said: “I didn’t think it was a great game. I thought both teams were pretty sloppy and Warrington were slightly better than us and deserved to win.
“They came up with a few plays which rewarded them with points and we didn’t.
“We just weren’t able to execute well enough to get over the line.
“I thought we were sloppy in defence at times, but at times showed some real fight and pride on our try line.
“But the number of times we slipped off tackles wasn’t great, it was the same in attack, balls not hitting the mark was happening too often.
“Whether we can make the six or not, rugby league is about pride and competing regardless. Everybody wants to fight for the badge and that’s what we’re instilling in this team.”
Next up for Hull is a home clash with Leeds at the MKM Stadium next Saturday, 3pm kick-off.