Super League stars set to play on through injuries reveals coach

Hull FC are in a fight with Leeds Rhinos, Warrington Wolves, Salford Red Devils and their bitter rivals Hull KR for the final two play-off spots.

Hull FC being in the mix earlier this year did not look likely at all.

The Black and Whites lost seven games in a row including a humiliating defeat to Hull KR at home but an uptick in form has well and truly turned things around.

But as they make a last push, they are struggling with injuries:

“We’re carrying some knocks at the moment. Obviously we’re without Carlos for this week. There’s a few bumps and bruises.

“I haven’t ruled Scott Taylor out just yet. so we’re naming him in the squad and I’d say he’s an outside chance. I’ll give him until the last minute to work that out.

“We get to this time of year and most teams are like this, they’re touching themselves up and players are playing busted. It was a big ask last week in terms of time spent on the pitch in a weather affected game, not to say the least, but time affected too. It was a long one.

“It’s been a case of trying to manage the players ever since. So, yeah, we’re going to try and put out our most energetic 17 for Saturday.”

He also confirmed that some players will likely have to play through minor injuries:

He said on BBC Radio Humberside: “There is, there is, and yes, this aspect of that, but you’ve also got to be smart as well and not put people at risk too much.

“Most players will put their hand up and play if they can’t. Sometimes you’ve got to hold them back a little bit and say, well, let’s not play with that injury otherwise it could end up more severe. So, yes, there is an element of that.

“It’s a juggling all the information really at times. Sometimes us as coaches have got to make the decision but sometimes the players can make that decision for themselves and be smart about it.

“We’re balancing some of those things at the moment, that’s for sure.”