Hull's Joe Westerman faces three-month injury layoff
Hull FC have lost loose forward Joe Westerman for an estimated three months because of a dislocated shoulder.
The ex-Castleford man ended in hospital after being injured in Sunday's 22-14 home win over London Broncos.
He has since had scans and is due to undergo surgery this Friday.
Hull's first league win of the season against the struggling Broncos also cost Peter Gentle's side the services of Sam Moa, who was sent off and has now been handed a one-game ban.
Hull coach Peter Gentle
“We are tremendously disappointed as Joe Westerman was really starting to show signs of what we are looking for from him”
The Tongan prop appeared before the Rugby Football League disciplinary committee on Tuesday evening after becoming the first Super League player to be dismissed this season.
Moa is accused of a dangerous shoulder charge on London Broncos hooker Julien Rinaldi, a grade B offence which carries a ban of one or two games.
But, after pleading guilty, Moa failed to persuade the Committee that the tackle should be downgraded, picking up a £300 fine and a one-match ban which keeps him out of Friday night's trip to Salford.
As for Westerman, Hull coach Peter Gentle admits that his absence will be a real blow.
"He is a talented player and no doubt a loss to our side," said Gentle.
"We are tremendously disappointed for Joe as he was really starting to show signs of what we are looking for from him.
"However, getting him fit and healthy for the rest of the season is now our main priority.
"It does mean it opens the door for another member of the squad to take the opportunity to step up.
"We'll be looking to see who can do that over the coming weeks."