Hull KR boss Tony Smith confirms blow to star ahead of Castleford Tigers clash

Tony Smith’s Hull KR will go into Friday night’s Challenge Cup clash with almost a clean bill of health from last week’s emphatic win over Warrington Wolves.

The Robins were able to overcome an out-of-sorts Warrington, 34-18, but one of those that missed that win will return this weekend.

Jordan Abdull had been ruled out of that win with an ear infection, but Smith revealed the halfback will return.

“He’s much better, doctor got him on the antibiotics straightaway,” Smith said.

“He trained today with us and he is ok – an ear infection can send you off balance and all sorts of stuff and he wasn’t right.

“He probably would have put his hand up to play but it wouldn’t have been the wisest thing to do.

“He let the doctor know as it was affecting him in all sorts of ways and didn’t sleep very well – he will be available for selection.”

Smith also gave an update on Kane Linnett and Lachlan Coote.

“Kane Linnett is fine, he looked a million times better today even though he looked like death warmed up on Friday, but he was able to get through it.

“He had an uncomfortable night the night before.

“Lachlan Coote is good, he trained today and is happy to get that game under his belt.

“He was pretty good too and it was a good performance from him.”

Hull KR will, however, be without one of their in-form stars.

“Tom Garratt copped a head knock late in the game – he was fine after he did his HIA, but we think he is in a good spot.

“But, because of the head knock and some of his symptoms he has to have a mandatory 11 days so he won’t be available for this Friday.

“It’s a blow as he’s been playing very strong for us.”

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