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Hull KR lose star for over a month due to injury

Hull KR s Jesse Sue, Dean Hadley, Tom Opacic & James Batchelor dejected after their side s Golden Point loss to Wigan

Hull KR have confirmed that they’ll be without second-rower James Batchelor for over a month due to injury.

The 26-year-old has been a vital member of the side this year, appearing in every one of their games this season.

Willie Peters told BBC Humberside after their victory over Huddersfield: “James Batchelor has a tight hamstring.

“At the moment we’re hoping it’s just tightness and a minor strain but I don’t think he’ll be okay for next week.”

However, it was then revealed that it wasn’t just hamstring that was causing him problems.

Peters said: “He came off with a hamstring, but he had an ankle issue as well that he did earlier in the game.

“That’s probably the main one.”

He wasn’t named in their side to face Castleford Tigers on Thursday night.

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Hull KR lose James Batchelor for over a month due to injury

Hull KR s James Batchelor is tackled by Wigan's Jake Wardle & Joe Shorrocks.

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Now, Hull KR have revealed that it was indeed the ankle problem that has caused him particular problems.

They confirmed today via Twitter: “Hull KR can confirm James Batchelor sustained an ankle ligament injury in the win over Huddersfield and will require surgery. Batchelor is expected to be out of action for five weeks ❌”

This will be a huge blow for the side, and Peters said about his loss: “He’s a massive part of our team, he’s in our leadership group. He’s been an important part while I’ve been here.

“Whenever he plays, he’s the type of player when you’re in the dressing room and the players see him lacing his boots up, it gives them more confidence, and it does for me as well.”

On top of this, they’re without hooker Matt Parcell for the clash with the Tigers due to a ‘minor shoulder injury’, and Oliver Gildart remains out of the side with a knee injury.

However, in more positive news for the Robins, Joe Burgess is back in their 21-man squad after his own knee problems.

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