Hull FC can provide the following injury update on several members of the Black & White squad ahead of our Betfred Super League Round 9 clash against Castleford Tigers.
The club can confirm that centre Josh Griffin suffered a ruptured Achilles in Saturday’s Betfred Challenge Cup semi-final clash against St Helens at the Leigh Sports Village.
Griffin will undergo surgery later today, and is expected to miss the remainder of the 2021 Betfred Super League season.
Speaking on the injury, Griffin said: “I’m absolutely gutted to announce that my season has come to an end. I will have an operation on Tuesday and begin my long recovery phase.
“The last few days have mentally been some of the toughest in my life but I’m determined to come back from this both physically and mentally stronger. I’ve got an amazing support system around me to help me do so.
“Thank you to everyone who has reached out to me to show their support – it’s helped more than you will ever know.”
Scott Taylor, who suffered a foot injury against Wigan Warriors in April, will come out of his protective boot later this week.
The prop is expected to return to action in four to six weeks time.
Fellow forward Joe Cator suffered a calf tear in last week’s Betfred Super League clash against St Helens at the Totally Wicked Stadium, and is expected to be out of action for three to four weeks.
Long term absentees Jamie Shaul (ACL) and Masi Matongo (knee) continue to progress well with their longer-term injuries.
Shaul, who has returned to some on-field training over the last month, is building up towards a return to high-speed training.
The full-back is expected to return to full training with the first-team squad within the next three to four weeks, which will be followed by up to six weeks of full training to regain fitness, before being made available for selection.
Matongo meanwhile is still several months away from full fitness, but is expected to begin running again within the next two to three weeks.
Elsewhere in the squad, the club can also provide an update on the fitness of several of our younger Black & White Academy stars who have been training with the first-team squad during 2021.
Jude Ferreira and Joel Speed are both recovering from injuries sustained in last weekend’s Hull FC Academy fixture against Newcastle Thunder.
Centre Ferreira suffered an ACJ (shoulder) injury and is expected to be out of action for several weeks, while winger Joel Speed suffered a hamstring injury that will leave him on the sidelines for four to six weeks.
Academy winger Harvey Barron is expected to miss between three to five months of action having suffered a leg fracture in an academy clash against Wakefield Trinity last month.