Hull FC prepare for month without first choice pivots

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Hull FC had an excellent result at the weekend as they dispatched Castleford Tigers 36-12 at the KCOM Stadium but the two competition points came with some unfortunate news.

First choice scrum half Marc Sneyd, only returning on Saturday following his absence in the Airlie Birds’ 25-24 defeat to Catalans, left FC’s stadium on crutches. It has since been revealed that he has suffered knee ligament damage which could see him miss up to a month’s worth of action. That would include this week’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie at Featherstone Rovers as well as a Hull derby hosted in Newcastle at Magic Weekend.

Throw into the mix that fellow first-choice half back Albert Kelly is currently absent as well as Jordan Abdull, their pairing in the pivots could look rather odd in the coming weeks. Kelly suffered a hamstring injury in the Catalans defeat while Abdull broke his leg in the same match and they have been ruled out for up to a month (Kelly) and for the rest of the season (Abdull) respectively. As such, it is probable that, unless youngsters are called up for action, Jake Connor and Carlos Tuimavave are likely to be the half-back duo which would leave a vacancy at centre.

That could open the door for Jack Logan to feature in the backline for the first time since the 26-12 reverse to St Helens in April. Hakim Miloudi is another option but, either way, the backs donning the FC jersey in coming weeks will have a strange look to them.


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