Hull FC’s injury list has risen to seven following Josh Griffin’s ruptured Achilles in Saturday’s defeat to St Helens.
The centre went in for surgery yesterday, but won’t play again in 2021. And, boss Brett Hodgson said that such a testing time could be isolating.
“He’s been great for us this year and we’re definitely going to miss him,” Hodgson said.
“I believe he was entrenched in the England set-up for the rest of the year, so he has that disappointment as well and any time you have a long-term injury like that it’s obviously disheartening for anyone in that position.
“We’ll be there to support Griff and we’ll use him in a number of ways to make sure he feels valued in what we’re doing because he’s a big part of us as a club – I’m sure next year he’ll be back bigger and better.
“You can be very lonely when this sort of thing occurs with long-term injury but all the boys have been reaching out to him already.
“He’s got a number of people looking after him and I’m sure they’ll continue doing that.”
Griffin is number seven on the injury list with other stars such as Scott Taylor and Jamie Shaul still a long way away from the field. Joe Cator is also set to miss a longer spell than expected, Hodgson confirmed.
“He had a tear in his calf, I would imagine he’ll be missing for another three or four weeks,” Hodgson added.
“We’ve got seven players on the injured list, there’s a number of first-team group that would be playing.”