Setaimata Sa is set for a long lay-off, after it was confirmed today that he had sustained a fractured vertebra.
The 27-year-old suffered the injury during Hull FC‘s defeat at Salford. He was absent for last week’s heavy home defeat by Leeds.
The precise length of his time on the sidelines cannot be confirmed, but it is likely to be many months.
“We’ll have to keep going back to the specialist and waiting to see,” Hull coach Lee Radford told reporters at his club’s press weekly press conference.
“With any fracture it is just a case of waiting to see how it heels. Fingers crossed it won’t be too long, but in terms of length we just don’t know right now.
“It’s a massive disappointment. He (Sa) had a few injuries last year, but we could kind of accept that because he came in midway during the year and hadn’t had a pre-season.
“Now with a full pre-season behind him, to have picked up the niggles he has, is a disappointment for us and now this one.”