Hull KR prop Mose Masoe has been sent home early because Pinderfields Hospital need to clear out the wards for coronavirus patients.
The 30-year-old has been told to leave Pinderfields Hospital in the next two days and continue his rehabilitation at home after he suffered a career ending spinal injury in January.
Masoe will not play again but has recently started walking with the assistance of parallel bars.
He said: “They’ve got to clear out a lot of wards to get in the people who have coronavirus so a lot of us have to go home.
“I’m not really ready to go home at all. It will be nice to get home so I can spend some time with my kids but there’s a lot of things I can’t do myself, like going to the toilet and things like that. I don’t want to put a burden on my missus.
“We just got the news this morning so we’re still in the dark. When you get a spinal injury we’re at a high risk. A lot of people forget our immune systems drop.”
Masoe says he has been told hospital staff are concerned about patients catching the virus, and he has urged people to stay at home.
The Samoa international added: “We need people to stay home so we can get back into the hospital to do rehab. People need to stop being selfish because we’ve felt the effects already.
“It’s the first time in the world you can save lives by just staying home watching TV or playing PlayStation. That’s my frustration with people who aren’t listening.
“My wife is pregnant so they’ve all been staying home and she’s only going out to get food. They’ve been doing the right thing and staying away. I haven’t seen them for two weeks.
“I’m gutted to be going home because I wanted to keep my progression going. The next step was to go from parallel bars to a walking frame to crutches and then you can pretty much walk by yourself.”
Masoe is unable to take equipment home with him due to limited resources at the hospital in Wakefield but Hull KR and the RFL Benevolent Fund are hoping to help him out.
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