Hull KR Head Coach Tim Sheens has confirmed prop Mose Masoe will be sidelined for up to six weeks with a broken hand.
The forward sustained the issue during last week’s Betfred Super League victory over Leeds at KCOM Craven Park, and although Masoe finished the game, he will now be out of action for at least a month.
Speaking ahead of the Robins’ Coral Challenge Cup fifth-round tie against Leigh Centurions, Sheens said: “Mose is a big loss for us, he’s broke a bone in his hand. He already has a plate in it from another break, his fend-off hand, and he’ll need surgery which will mean five or six weeks out.
“He is a huge loss. He’s a big man and he has done some great things for us this year. I’m really concerned now, losing James Greenwood and other props too, we’re getting a bit skinny again.
“Mose is the one we’ve always relied on but although he’s not indestructible, he’ll be back. Ryan Lannon and Lee Jewitt are on their way back too over the next couple of weeks so hopefully we manage up until that point.”
However, Sheens did give a positive injury update on Will Dagger, who is set to return to the team after being sidelined by a hamstring injury for their last three matches.
Weller Hauraki is also included despite picking up a shoulder knock in last week’s win over the Rhinos, but hooker Shaun Lunt has been ruled out.
“Weller, who didn’t finish on the weekend, has trained so we’ll wait and see how he pulls up, the same with Joel Tomkins,” Sheens admitted.
“The obvious missing is Lunt, who because he played longer minutes pulled up with a calf. Hopefully it’s not too long but I’m not sure for next week either.”