Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis says being out of the team through suspension is harder to deal with than an injury.
The 32-year-old has just served a two-match ban and will line up against Huddersfield Giants tomorrow night. He told the Hull Daily Mail: “Being out of the side for the past couple of matches has probably been worse than being, injured to be honest.
“To be fit and healthy but unable to play has been a difficult challenge but this week feels like I’ve been able to train with a bit more purpose.
“I was obviously disappointed to be banned in the first place but it’s happened now and like the rest of the lads, I’ve got to bounce back this week.”
The former Great Britain star also spoke of his disappointment at losing their gripping Challenge Cup encounter with Salford last week, and said his side need to learn how to win those close matches. He added: “It’s important that we do learn to win those sorts of matches and when things aren’t going our way, to set our stall out to win by one or two points rather than by 60. Picking up results breeds confidence and will lead to better performances in the long run.”