Hull KR's Liam Salter will miss pre-season after shoulder op
RISING Hull KR star Liam Salter is expected to miss the majority of the coming pre-season after undergoing a shoulder reconstruction.
The 19-year-old centre, who enjoyed a breakthrough campaign with 11 Super League appearances last season, had played on with an injury in the final two games of last season.
However, scans have since shown the damage to be worse than initially thought, with the player undergoing a full reconstruction on Thursday.
"It's a big blow for Liam who was the pick of our kids last season," coach Craig Sandercock told the Mail.
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"He suffered the injury in the game against Wakefield in the middle of August, but hoped he didn't need to have surgery.
"The strength hasn't come back as well as we would have liked, though, so he has had to have surgery.
"If he was 31, we could have perhaps managed the injury, but as he is 19 and has a bright career ahead of him, it was best for him to get it done now.
"It's a setback for us because we had plans for Liam to put some weight on in the gym over pre-season."
Early assessments suggest Salter will be unable to join in full contact training with the rest of the squad until after Christmas, and will therefore only be able to do light training on the club's warm-weather pre-season camp in Tenerife.
Rovers intend to go abroad again before the Christmas break, returning to the training field after the festive period to start friendly matches.
Apart from Salter, Sandercock expects the rest of his squad to be fit and healthy when they start pre-season training.
That includes centre Kris Welham, who Sandercock says is now "virtually 100 per cent fit" after suffering a broken leg last season.