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Hull quartet closing in on return

10th August 2019, 17:44 by James Mason

Hull KR boss Tony Smith is keeping his fingers crossed he will have four players back for next week's clash at home against Wakefield.

Rovers were without George Lawler, Mitch Garbutt, Kane Linnett and Craig Hall for Friday's 36-18 defeat at Wigan Warriors, and that loss has left Hull just one place off the bottom of Super League.

London Broncos have the chance to move level on 18 points with Smith's men when they make the trip to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Saturday evening to take on Castleford Tigers.

On a positive note for Rovers, they could have the injured quartet that missed the Wigan defeat back for the clash against Wakefield, who also have 18 points, next week.

"We were forced not to use George," he was quoted as saying by the Hull Daily Mail. "He's got cartilage or something in his shoulder that's just not quite right. Hopefully, he may be right next week.

"Mitch Garbutt has got a bit of cartilage in his knee and he should be there or thereabouts next week. Kane Linnett – I'm hopeful and he's telling me he'll be right for next week.

"Craig Hall was touch and go to play tonight with his ankle. I didn't want to risk it getting more severely injured, or risk him having to come off because it wasn't right.

"For them to be available next week gives us a few choices."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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