Hull FC fear Gareth Ellis facing up to 10 weeks out
GARETH Ellis will be sent to see a specialist this week with Hull FC preparing themselves for news he will miss anything between four to 10 weeks of action.
Ellis hobbled out of the warm-up before the Friday night loss at Leeds after complaining of a pain in his foot.
Initial fears were that the 31-year-old second-row may have suffered a recurrence of the broken foot which sidelined him for half of last season in the NRL with Wests Tigers.
However, x-rays taken over the weekend showed the rod and pins inserted in his foot last year are unaffected.
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The extent of the injury is unclear, though, and while FC remained cautiously optimistic of being handed good news this week, they know they face a lengthy period without their marquee signing for the new season.
Director of rugby Shaun McRae says FC will wait until hearing the specialist's verdict before putting any timeframe on the player's return.
But he said the main relief was that Ellis had not suffered a repeat of last season's injury.
"It is a lot more positive than we first thought at the game on Friday and that's good news for a start," McRae told the Mail.
"Because it is the same foot, there were fears Gareth had suffered the same injury again, but what we do know from the scans is the pin and rod he had put in nine months ago is all intact and it's not that.
"The x-rays were a little inconclusive though and we will wait for a consultant before we determine what the next step is.
"We have prepared ourselves to be without Gareth for sometime, but as to how long that is we will have to wait and see.
"We believe it will be a short to medium term injury, which while disappointing is still some positive news after we initially feared it was a long term injury on Friday night.
"It's frustrating for Gareth and for the club."