Hull Kingston Rovers skipper Terry Campese has been ruled out for the rest of the 2015 season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in a recent defeat to Castleford Tigers.
The club captain picked up the knee injury in the closing stages of the match at the KC Lightstream Stadium a fortnight ago and despite initial hopes that the injury was not too serious, further scans have revealed the full extent of the damage.
Campese has been inspirational for the Robins during his first season in Super League, but will now miss the rest of the season after being forced to go under the knife.
“It’s very disappointing to lose Terry for such an extended period as he is an instrumental part of our team and a fantastic leader within the squad,” coach Chris Chester told the club’s official website.
“He has really settled into the Super League competition and was playing some fantastic rugby for us, so to be without him for the rest of the season is tough to take.
“We’ve been unlucky with injuries this season but we’ve never tried to hide behind that as an excuse and it’s important now that we don’t feel sorry for ourselves. Albert Kelly and Maurice Blair played very well in the halves against Widnes on Sunday and we’ve also got the likes of Connor Robinson and Matty Marsh waiting for an opportunity.
“There’s also the option of bringing somebody in to replace Terry for the rest of the season, so we’re keeping all options open at this stage, but Terry’s health is the most important thing right now.
“He’s in good hands with the specialists, along with our own medical team, and he’ll get our full support as we hope to see him back out on the field in the best possible shape next season.”