Double injury blow for Hull KR
Utility player Stanley Gene, who has rejoined the club from Bradford Bulls, has had a fragment of floating bone removed from his knee and will be out for two months, while winger Jon Steel is facing a four-week lay-off after breaking a finger in Sunday's friendly win over the Bulls.
The Robins also have three of last year's regulars, Tommy Gallagher, Pat Weisner and Gareth Morton, recovering from injuries less than three weeks before their opening match against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on February 10.
‚"Stanley went for an arthroscopy (on Monday),‚" said coach Justin Morgan. ‚"It was an operation he was going to have done at some stage anyway.
‚"We had to make a decision to do it now, mid-season or wait until the end of the season but we weren't sure how long the knee would last so we took the decision to do it now.
‚"There was more damage in there than we first thought so it looks like he is going to be out for at least eight weeks.
‚"It is obviously disappointing but I'd much rather he missed the first months of the season than two months later in the year.‚"