Hull lose Fonua for up to six weeks due to injury

Hull FC have been dealt a significant injury blow with the news that star import Mahe Fonua has been ruled out for up to six weeks due to injury – but admit they’re relieved it is not worse news.

The Hull winger injured his knee as he caught a high ball to score on his competitive debut on Friday, as Hull beat Salford 42-20.

The club feared the injury may force the former Melbourne flier to be sidelined for much of the season, but have been handed positive news from the medical staff.

“It’s a tricky one as knee injuries can often go one way or the other, it could have been a matter of weeks, months or even the season, but the news is positive,” Hull coach Lee Radford told the club’s official website.

“He had a scan last night and the experts think he’ll only be out for a month or so, probably about four to six weeks, so that is really good news for the lad.

“He’ll have a routine operation to sort it out and straight into rehab with our medical team who’ll manage him back to fitness over the coming weeks.

“We won’t rush him back until he’s ready to play, especially with it being so early in the year, but when he is ready to go I’m sure he’ll be desperate to get back to where he left off.”