Hull forward Joe Cator suffers devastating injury blow on return

Drew Darbyshire
Joe Cator Hull FC PA

Hull coach Brett Hodgson says Joe Cator is ‘devastated’ after suffering a recurrence of an Achilles injury on his return to action.

The 23-year-old had been out for seven months after suffering a ruptured Achilles but made his return in Thursday night’s 31-8 win over Leeds.

Cator left the field minutes upon his return to action, screaming in pain as he headed for the tunnel.

Speaking after the game, Hodgson told Sky Sports: “He’s devastated as you can imagine.

“He’s worked so hard and he was ready to go. He had some really good touches out there today and we are devastated for Joe.

“But we’ll get around him. We’re a strong club that looks after people in our organisation. I’m sure we’ll do the right thing by Joe.”

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Hodgson voiced his concern over short turnarounds. The Black and Whites last played on Sunday against Castleford.

He said: “The only disappointing thing for me is that we got a number of injuries due to the fact it is a four-day turnaround. I can probably say that today because we had a good performance.

“We do a lot of things on player welfare, yellow cards and making sure we are looking after the players but then we put our players in the position that we are going to fatigue them and have more injuries.

“We are already in a position at the moment where we’ve got a few injuries and this is not going to help. But we’ll roll our sleeves and hopefully put out a performance like that again soon.”

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