Hull KR offer support to Campese after latest setback

Hull KR interim head coach James Webster insists the club will stick by Terry Campese despite his latest injury concern.

The skipper suffered a hamstring injury in last week’s narrow defeat to Wigan Warriors, a reoccurrence of the same issue he suffered during the 38-6 loss at Huddersfield in March.

Campese has been limited to just five appearances this season and will again consult specialists to assess the full intensity of the injury, with the latest injury suffered by the 31 year-old ruling him out of Friday’s trip to St Helens.

Webster reassured him he has the club’s full support and added the lengths the Robins have gone to keep him fresh has left them somewhat puzzled.

“He’s seeing a specialist and won’t play this week 100%, we’ll know more once I get word of what the specialist says and until then we’re just speculating,” he told TotalRL.

“The biggest risk getting a hamstring injury is the previous one and that’s well documented but the club’s being pretty good with this.

“They went and bought some technology which costed £5000 plus so everyone could be tested for hamstring, not only for him but specifically Terry when he had his injury.

“We’ve rehabbed him hard and had a lot of consultation with a lot of specialists around the world that he hit all the marks to play.

“He’s had four weeks of good training and playing and it’s happened again so I don’t really understand what more we can do.”

Campese’s partner in the halves Albert Kelly is also doubtful for Friday’s fixture duo to an ankle injury, as the Robins could be forced to field Matty Marsh and natural back-rower Maurice Blair at six and seven.

Webster added the team have been training a number of scenarios during their wait on Kelly’s availability, and will assess the 25 year-old’s in the training session prior to the St Helen’s game.

“It’s been going on for a while now with his bad ankle and we’re hoping that he’ll be able to play this week given the week off with the Challenge Cup weekend,” he added.

“He’s done a little bit of training this week and we’re hopeful he can play but if he can’t we’ll go in another direction.

“If both of them don’t play we’re going to move some people around and we understand that, and everyone has practiced a couple of different scenarios.”