Hull FC half-back Albert Kelly looks set to miss the start of the season due to injury after being absent for yesterday’s match against St Helens.
The injury, picked up against Wakefield Trinity last weekend, was initially believed to be little cause for concern but his absence on Saturday led to head coach Lee Radford admitting that the former Hull KR man is likely to be ruled out of their opening Super League match against his former team. Post-match, Radford told the media that only Mickey Paea has a realistic chance of being fit and ready for round one out of the players currently absent.
Without Kelly in their ranks, the Airlie Birds lost to St Helens yesterday in Jonny Lomax’s testimonial, going down 28-18 in their last match before the Super League season commences. The scoreline has been perceived as flattering to the Hull side with Saints dominating either side of the break, although the Black and Whites did show their quality at times in the opening period. With the hosts outscoring FC by six tries to three, it was solely their profligacy with the boot – missing four conversions – which meant they only won by ten. Indeed, Hull FC scored two late tries through Jamie Shaul and Bureta Faraimo to close the deficit but, nevertheless, it will have done both teams good to have faced Super League opposition in their final game of pre-season.