Unavailable: Danny Addy, Danny Tickle, George Lawler, Andrew Heffernan, Jordan Walne, Rob Mulhern, Junior Vaivai
Hull KR fell to defeat against league leaders St Helens last week with the Robins also suffering several injuries during the game. Rovers were just eight points behind at half-time but Saints’ class told in the second half as they kept Hull KR scoreless to claim a 6-30 win.
George Lawler suffered a fractured and dislocated ankle with him likely to miss the rest of the season whilst Andrew Heffernan, Jordan Walne and Rob Mulhern picked up knocks and will miss out. Will Dagger also makes way with Lee Jewitt, Matty Marsh, Josh Johnson and Nick Scruton returning whilst captain Shaun Lunt needs a late fitness test having been named in the 19-man squad. Danny McGuire was ruled out of this game by Tim Sheens last week but has also been named in the 19.
Hull KR will be looking to bury some demons against their cross-city rivals in this game. In their previous encounter on this pitch, Rovers were 20-0 up in the 59th minute but were left humiliated as FC ran in four tries to claim a 20-22 win.
Hull FC bounced back from their disappointing defeat at Salford as they comfortably dispatched Catalans in a convincing 42-16 win.
Hull FC are boosted by the return of captain Danny Houghton whilst Mickey Paea has also been named in the squad but still needs to be cleared to play by a specialist. Jack Logan drops out whilst Dean Hadley will miss up to six weeks with a knee injury.
The Black and Whites have won the last five competitive Hull derbies and will be looking to extend that run here but to do so, they must win away from home for the first time this season.
The Hull derby returns for the first time since 2016 after Hull KR’s relegation prevented any meeting between the two teams last season. Rovers haven’t beaten FC since 2015, losing the last five competitive contests in the process but will be hoping to stop the rot here. Albert Kelly returns to KCOM Craven Park for the first time since he crossed the River Hull and is sure to be in for a frosty reception having helped FC to victory in last season’s Challenge Cup in what was FC’s second successive win at Wembley. Rovers’ chances will be dependent on team news but with the influential Danny Houghton returning for their opponents, the Black and Whites can claim their first win away from home this season and extend their winning run over their neighbours.
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