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Hull have suffered a masive injury blow ahead of the Challenge Cup final as Joe Arundel has been ruled out with a broken hand.
The centre picked up the injury during last week’s win over Salford City Reds and the full extent of the damage has now been officially confirmed.
The 21-year-old is set to undergo an operation to fix the fracture and took to Twitter to express his huge disappointment at missing the Wembley showpiece.
“To all people asking I fractured my hand Friday and will be getting an op today to fix it. Thanks for all the support! Gutted,” he revealed.
The injury to Arundel is not the only concern for Hull coach Peter Gentle going into the clash against hot favourites the Wigan Warriors.
Gentle has concerns over the fitness of winger Tom Lineham and centre Kirk Yeaman, who are both facing a race against time to make the clash, while Shannon McDonnell and Ben Galea are definitely ruled out.
There is some positive news concerning centre Ben Crooks, who now has an outside chance of making the final.
It looked as though he would miss out with a leg injury, but he has made rapid progress over the last couple of days and could yet give Gentle a real boost by recovering in time for Saturday.