Hull KR share worrying news on injured duo with one unlikely to play again this season

Drew Darbyshire
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Hull KR have confirmed long-term injuries to Sauaso Sue and James Batchelor after the forward pair suffered injuries at Magic Weekend.

Former Samoa international prop Sue limped off the field in their 26-16 defeat to Salford at St James’ Park on Saturday.

Speaking in his weekly press conference, Hull KR coach Willie Peters revealed Sue would be out for around 16 weeks with a hamstring tear.

Meanwhile, back-rower Batchelor was stretchered from the field in the first half and was then taken to hospital for scans on a neck injury.

Later that night, Batchelor tweeted whilst poking fun at his team-mate Sam Luckley: “Thanks for the messages everyone, cleared at the hospital and on the way home now. Just took a leaf out of Sam Luckley’s book and tried making Magic Weekend all about me!”

But speaking on Wednesday, Peters confirmed that Batchelor would be out for an indefinite period, with him in a neck brace for the next eight weeks.

The club tweeted: “Hull KR can confirm that Sauaso Sue will be out long-term after suffering a hamstring tear in our Magic Weekend clash.

“James Batchelor will also miss an indefinite amount of time due to the neck injury sustained against Salford.”

Jack Walker poised for Hull KR debut in absence of experienced full-back

Meanwhile, the Robins will be without Scotland full-back Lachlan Coote for Saturday’s trip to Perpignan to face Hull KR.

Coote’s absence could give a debut to new signing Jack Walker, who joined the club last week on deal until the end of the season.

Speaking last week on Walker’s signing, Peters said: “We need some depth in our fullback position with Ethan (Ryan) breaking his jaw, so Jack (Walker) will give us much needed depth there.

“Jack has played at the highest domestic level and won a competition with Leeds. In my eyes, he’s a genuine Super League player and will fit in well with us at Hull KR. Also, it’s important that Jack plays every week so when he’s not in our squad, Jack will be available for Bradford.”

Hull KR face Catalans Dragons at the Stade Gilbert Brutus on Saturday, 8pm kick-off.

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