Hull KR will head into their Friday night clash against Warrington without one of their most impressive players thus far.
Kane Linnett has been brilliant so far this season with powerful running and the knack for an off-load as well but it’s been reported by Willie Peters that Rovers will be without the veteran for approximately a month.
Peters discussed the injury in his press conference after being asked about Linnett, given he went off injured during the defeat to Leigh Leopards.
“Kane has got some ligament damage so he’s looking at about a month on the side-lines. Hopefully we can get him back sooner but it looks to be about a month at the moment.
“It’s not too bad, it’s around his medial so it wasn’t his other ligament which is the ACL and that’s a season-ending injury.”
We’ve already seen today the effect of an ACL injury with Wakefield Trinity youngster Lewis Murphy confirmed as out for the rest of the season with his own ACL injury, hence Peters was so thankful that Linnett has suffered an MCL instead.
Despite the potential month-long layoff it’s not all bad news as Peters even explained that there will be no surgery to undergo either.
“It’ll just be rehab. That’s absolutely a good thing. Kane is at the back end of the career and we want to manage him the best we can but he’s a professional so there’s no doubt in the world he’ll get back in sooner rather than later.
“I know the type of professional he is so he’ll be itching to get back. We want to manage that, it may be three weeks, it may be four weeks but we’ll see.”
The 34-year-old suffered an injury strewn season in 2022, as many of the Rovers squad did, and Peters made reference to the psychological knock that it could have on Linnett, although he was keen to note positives.
“He’s ok, naturally it could have been more serious with an ACL so you’ve got to always look at the positives and that’s a huge positive.
“When he was giving his thoughts to our rehab specialist you can always think it’s going to be an ACL but thankfully it wasn’t.”