Hull Kingston Rovers winger David Hodgson is looking at three months one the sidelines after picking up a crippling knee injury in Sunday’s loss against Leeds Rhinos.
The Englishman limped off late on with what the Robins described as a ‘high grade two’ MCL (medial collateral ligament) injury – the exact same problem Huddersfield Giants star Larne Patrick picked up in the Super League curtain raiser against Wigan.
Robins coach Craig Sandercock said: “It’s obviously very disappointing both for him, and the team.
“We felt that Dave was really on his game and some of his reads in defence last weekend were outstanding. He’s massively disappointed, as we all are, and he will be a big loss for us.”
The Robins will also be without the services of Mick Weyman at Huddersfield this weekend after he picked up a two-match ban for dangerous contact on Jamie Peacock in the defeat against Leeds.
“For me, it was very, very minor,” Sandercock said.
“But technically Mick was guilty and that’s why we pleaded that way because if you go down the road of fighting it there’s a chance of picking up an extra week. As I say, it was very minor and I just hope that the match review panel is very consistent this season as it’s cost Mick two weeks.”
There is also a question mark over the fitness of Graeme Horne, who picked up an adductor problem last weekend.
Sandercock added: “Graeme is probably touch and go and we’ll assess him later in the week.”