Hull FC squad to be tested at Huddersfield as trio ruled out
HULL FC director of rugby Shaun McRae says the club is confident it has the strength in depth this season to handle a mounting list of missing players.
Hull go to league-leaders Huddersfield on Saturday with three of their most senior stars expected to be looking on from the sidelines.
Forward Danny Tickle is suspended for his part in the mass brawl against Castleford last week and, as first revealed on the Mail's website yesterday, FC have been further weakened as centre Kirk Yeaman will miss the next six weeks with a broken thumb.
The 29-year-old was in hospital yesterday for surgery before beginning a rehabilitation process, which is expected to take between five and six weeks.
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A rib cartilage injury to Aaron Heremaia also sustained against the Tigers has left him as a 'major doubt', and made the 52-0 victory a costly one for coach Peter Gentle.
With Gareth Ellis a long-term absentee, and both Jason Crookes and Ben Crooks still recovering from injuries, Gentle's options could be greatly reduced.
"Everyone at the club believes in the squad and has faith in the players, so what this does is give those players a chance," McRae told the Mail.
"It is unfortunate for Kirk, but at the same time there was good news regarding Aaron as it wasn't as bad as first feared.
"It is clearly not ideal because you want your strongest squad available each week, but Pete has great faith in his squad and he's shown he's always ready to give players a chance.
"It is a blow when you lose players of the quality and experience of Kirk and Danny, but we have the squad to cope with that."
MARK O'Meley is free to face Huddersfield after being found not guilty of punching, but Castleford's Weller Hauraki and Justin Carney are banned for one and two games respectively.