Hull KR head coach Willie Peters has confirmed that star half-back Jordan Abdull is on course to make his return from injury in just under a month’s time.
The one-time England international has had a stop-start season, managing just nine appearances so far.
First missing part of the season early on through a quad injury which he had picked up in training, Abdull made his return in Round 15 against Catalans Dragons, but didn’t last long and was withdrawn early on with a hamstring blow which had sidelined him since.
Post-match in Perpignan, Peters confirmed that his playmaker would be looking at a minimum of 12 weeks out of action, and by the time Abdull returns, he won’t have been far wrong. He also provided an update on Sauaso “Jesse” Sue’s return.
Jordan Abdull edges closer to return
Speaking ahead of KR’s trip to St Helens on Friday, the boss said: “We’re hopeful that they’re going to be back at the back end of the season, we’re looking at about three or four [more] games, I would say. That’s what we’re hoping for anyway.
“Jordan possibly for the Huddersfield game (September 8), that’s the aim for him, and then Jesse the week after [against Salford]. Sam [Wood] will still be out.
“It’ll certainly give us a boost getting some players like that back. We’ve got a really important block coming up in the last six games, but if we break it down to three, we’ve got St Helens, Leigh and Catalans.
“They’re three big, big games. It would be nice to get a good couple of wins there, and then you’ve got three games at the back end of the year, so it’s an important period.”
Willie Peters: Jordan’s return will be a ‘big boost for the team’
Heading into Friday night’s trip to the Totally Wicked Stadium, Peters’ men sit 6th and occupy the last play-off spot. It’s only by a margin of two competition points though, with both Salford Red Devils and cross-city rivals Hull FC hot on their coattails.
Both Leeds Rhinos and Huddersfield Giants are also still in contention sat a further two points back, though the situation is ever-changing.
Accordingly, points are needed and fast from a Robins perspective, which is why Peters is delighted to have his number seven close to being back in contention.
The boss referenced the loss of Lachlan Coote, who retired from the game mid-season, as well as Abdull’s own injuries: “Certainly to get Jordan back, and Jesse too, will be a big boost for the team, there’s no question about it.
“When we had Jordan and Cootey [together] at the time, we won most of our games, we won four of those six games. There was a game in there where Jordan came off after 10 minutes against Catalans, but we won four from six [with them playing together] at the start of the year.
“We knew that if we had Jordan and Cootey in our team, that we’d be extremely competitive. Obviously, we’ve lost both of those players, and we’re still fighting away. The players are doing a good job and we’ve now just got to keep going.”