Hull KR suffer injury blow to Frankie Halton in Magic derby defeat

Josh McAllister
Frankie Halton Hull KR

Hull KR have suffered an injury blow to back-rower Frankie Halton during their Magic Weekend derby defeat to rivals Hull FC.

Halton left the field just seven minutes into the clash with a reported fractured collarbone. The 26-year-old did not return for Danny McGuire’s side, leaving them with three on the bench for the majority of the clash.

The back-rower, who signed a new deal earlier this week, will be hoping the injury is not season-ending with a World Cup spot in sight with Ireland at this year’s tournament.

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McGuire provides update on Frankie Halton

“He’s in a bad way,” McGuire said on Halton post-match.

“Frankie is a tough kid. He’s disappointed in there. He’s come over to apologise and I said, ‘You don’t have anything to apologise for mate. You’ve been brilliant for us’.

“It didn’t help our rotations in that middle. Some of our big boys had to play some minutes that they haven’t done for a while.

“Will Maher played probably 60 minutes straight. He was great and he’s not played much footy over the last month.

“Albert Vete came off with a groin injury. We’re doing it tough but there’s no excuses.

“I thought FC were good today. I had a quick chat with Brett [Hodgson] after and obviously he’s under a bit of pressure and stuff and I’m really pleased for him because he’s a good fella and he’s working hard.

“He was on the right side of the result today. They probably just deserved it in the end.”

It’s the second major injury of the day, with Gareth Widdop looking to have played his last game of 2022 with a dislocated shoulder.

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