Hull KR prop Mose Masoe faces a long time on the sidelines – but the initial prognosis of his spinal injury is positive, according to club chairman Neil Hudgell.
The 30-year-old was stretchered off the field in the opening minutes of Sunday’s friendly against Wakefield.
Masoe underwent emergency surgery at Leeds General Infirmary on the same night, and has been visited by family from New Zealand.
Hudgell told BBC Radio Humberside: “He’s had surgery to relieve pressure on his spine, and the initial prognosis is positive.
“The surgeon was happy with the outcome of the surgery but with that type of injury, it is a long, slow road to recovery.
“It is a one-in-a-million thing that has happened but it is something that the game as a whole has looked at and said ‘it could have happened to any one of us’ because it was such an innocuous-looking incident.”
“It’s going to be some weeks and months before we get a full picture.”@hullkrofficial chairman Neil Hudgell provides me with an update on Mose Masoe following his serious spinal injury at the weekend.
— Matt Dean (@mattdeanradio) January 15, 2020
A fundraising page set up by Hull KR has received more than £12,000, with money going towards Masoe’s recovery and travel and accommodation for his family.
To make a donation to the Samoa international, click here.