Ben Crooks given green light

Hull Kingston Rovers have received a huge boost after Ben Crooks was given the green light from neck specialists.

Super League’s leading try-scorer had been sidelined before lockdown with a neck injury the surgeons had warned could force him to go under the knife.

A decision was made to put off the operation to see how the injury progressed, with the hope being the 26-year-old would recover naturally with rehabilitation.

After several months of progress, the specialist has told Crooks the scan results have shown significant improvement and he is free to return to action when the season resumes in August.

It will come as great news to Tony Smith as the Robins gear up for their return. Crooks scored seven tries before his injury and has been one of the club’s key performers at the start of the year.

The Robins had suffered a woeful run of injuries during the opening stages of the year, but are closing in on a full bill of health before they return to training, other than Mose Masoe, who has been forced to retire.

But Masoe’s recovery from a serious spinal injury continues to inspire, with the club posting a new progress video of the popular prop, which shows him walking completely unaided.

Masoe has now left hospital and is continuing his recovery at Flex Health in Hull.

His latest progress comes just five months since being told he may never walk again.

But he continues to defy medical experts and is making significant progress on the road to recovery.