|Gareth Ellis of the Wests Tigers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Hull FC's stellar signing Gareth Ellis has been ruled out for 12 weeks with a foot injury, but will not need surgery on his injured foot.
It had originally looked like Ellis would be out longer than the diagnosed 12 weeks after injuring his foot in the warm-up for the Hull's opening match of Super League against Leeds Rhinos 12 days ago. Specialists have ruled out surgery for the 31-year-old second row, but the Hull captain has a stress fracture and must wear a surgical boot for six weeks before he can be reassessed.
Hull head coach Peter Gentle said, "We've had a number of possible outcomes over the last few days and that's why we have taken our time over this to ensure we make the best decision for Gareth and the team.
"Six weeks is about the best we could have hoped for so that is a big positive for us and then from there we can see how he is. We have to realistic; he'll probably need at least four to five weeks from getting the boot off to get back running on the foot and build up his fitness again; so we're looking at something around 10 to 12 weeks."
Gentle added, "We'll certainly take that, there were a number of scenarios that could have meant a longer period on the sidelines, but we won't rush him back as this isn't just about now, it's about making sure it doesn't happen again."
Ellis is a former Leeds Rhino and Wakefield player and joined the KC Stadium club in the winter after playing in Australia for West Tigers. His season Down Under was filled with injuries, but the Hulls say this injury is not related and hope it will heal naturally.
"We couldn't have done much more for Gaz and everyone has really rallied round for him," said Gentle.
"We've had special equipment on loan to us from people like Smith & Nephew, Minstergate Hyundai have arranged an automatic car so he can still get to training and there has been a real feeling of we're all in this together, which is quite apparent round the club at the present."
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