HULL KR’s top eight hopes have been dealt a huge blow with the loss of captain Terry Campese for the rest of the season.
The Australian stand-off had been in the runnnig for Man of Steel following some superb displays following his move from Canberra Raiders.
But he suffered a knee injury against Castleford a fortnight ago, and further scans have revealed he suffered a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament that requires surgery.
Campese, 30, recently signed an extended contract with the Robins who are struggling in 10th spot, two points adrift of the play-offs, ahead of Friday’s home game with Warrigton Wolves.
Hull KR coach Chris Chester said: “It’s very disappointing to lose Terry for such an extended period as he is an instrumental part of our team and a fantastic leader within the squad.
“He has really settled into the Super League competition and was playing some fantastic rugby for us, so to be without him for the rest of the season is tough to take.”
Hull KR have already been linked with Parramatta half-back Chris Sandow and Chester admits he is looking for a short-term replacement for Campese.
“Albert Kelly and Maurice Blair played very well in the halves against Widnes on Sunday and we’ve also got the likes of Connor Robinson and Matty Marsh waiting for an opportunity,” Chester said.
“There’s also the option of bringing somebody in to replace Terry for the rest of the season, so we’re keeping all options open at this stage, but Terry’s health is the most important thing right now.
“He’s in good hands with the specialists, along with our own medical team, and he’ll get our full support as we hope to see him back out on the field in the best possible shape next season.”