Sean Gleeson 'a frustrated young man' as Hull KR injury list grows ahead of Wakefield clash
HULL KR say they cannot put a timeframe on Sean Gleeson making his debut for the club as he continues to struggle with a back injury.
And with vice-captain Kris Welham out for 'another week or two', coach Craig Sandercock does not know when he'll be able to play his first-choice centres together.
The KR coach admits Gleeson in particular is a 'frustrated' man,
The 25-year-old missed the team's warm-weather training camp in Tenerife, and his progress is being monitored week by week, with no firm date mentioned for his return.
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"Sean's recovery is coming on very slowly," Sandercock told the Mail.
"He's a frustrated young man because he is desperate to play, but it's still a way away.
"I'd hate to put a timeframe on it because I'd be plucking a number from somewhere.
"We are taking it week by week with Sean."
Gleeson is one of up to six players potentially missing for Rovers' trip to Wakefield on Saturday.
Full-back Greg Eden remains a doubt, although he could yet play, despite talk of a hamstring injury ruling him out for a longer period.
"Greg was close to playing against Catalan and he will be very close to playing this weekend," Sandercock said.
"I don't want to go into too much detail about it, but there's nothing too serious and if he doesn't play this weekend I hope he will play against Widnes the following week."
While Sandercock is missing a quarter of his squad, he is glad the injury to Rhys Lovegrove isn't as bad as first thought.
Lovegrove left MS3 Craven Park on crutches after Sunday's 32-24 opening day defeat to Catalan, but the versatile forward could be back playing within a couple of weeks.
"It's probably only a one or two week injury but it's still another player unavailable for me to pick this weekend," he said.
"Hopefully when we get to round five or six we'll be getting close to a full squad.
"Like any coach, you'd love to have your best 17 players available, it would be a very nice situation to be in."
Other first-choice absentees include Travis Burns (suspended) and Ryan O'Hara (Achilles).