Hull KR boss Tony Smith reveals latest on Tom Garratt’s concussion scare

Concussion and head problems in rugby league continue to be a major focal point within the fraternity.

With concussion protocols becoming ever more stringent as the governing body attempts to crackdown on potential problems further in life, it has impacted a number of players in their recovery.

For one Hull KR player, Tom Garratt, he has had a number of concussion symptoms that haven’t cleared up in the past month and head coach Tony Smith has revealed that the former Dewsbury Rams forward is set for more tests, though there has been more positive news.

“Tom has another consultant meeting on Monday,” Smith said.

“If that gets cleared then he might get closer to feeling better with less symptoms, but he looks a whole lot better at the moment.

“One of the tests that he had was worse case scenario which has been cleared so that is a good thing and it is all about moving onto the next thing.

“He hasn’t been able to do any physical training for the next few weeks, but he’s not out of the woods just yet.”

Sadly, there is bad news on Luis Johnson who left the field with a ruptured pectoral early on during KR’s clash against St Helens. Johnson has undergone surgery and will miss around 12 weeks.

Jordan Abdull (quad tear), Brad Takairangi (hamstring tear) are continuing their respective rehabilitations with the club and are managing well.

Kane Linnett is also progressing well following surgery on his ruptured bicep and may be available to feature within the team in the next two months.

Dan Okoro underwent surgery to repair a ligament in his wrist and looks to make a comeback in September.

Unfortunately, young Robin, Charlie Cavanagh, dislocated his kneecap during the reserves’ win over Huddersfield. He is expected to return to play within the next six weeks.

Hull KR will go up against Huddersfield Giants this Sunday with the game broadcast live on Sky Sports with Tony Smith’s men hunting a play-off spot.

Whilst the Robins are currently sitting in seventh, but only on points difference, the Giants are sitting pretty in the top four with head coach Ian Watson doing wonders in recent seasons at the John Smith’s Stadium.

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