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Hull Kingston Rovers’ hopes of making Super League play-offs have been hit by news Greg Eden has been ruled out for the rest of the season through injury.
Eden picked up the injury during the 38-20 derby defeat at the weekend, which put a severe dent in their play-off challenge, but worse news was to follow afterwards.
Hull KR are also facing a spell of games without Rhys Lovegrove, who picked up a rib injury in the warm up and they could have to field an under-strength team against the Leeds Rhinos on Friday night.
Coach Craig Sandercock says the loss of Eden is a big blow, and admits his departure from the field also affected his side as they were leading 8-6 before he got injured.
“Greg is out for the rest of the season,” he said. “It’s disappointing, especially as we’d already lost Rhys (Lovegrove) in the warm up.
“We then lost Greg before half-time. We had chances but a few very poor individual errors in the second half cost us dearly. Other than that, it was nip and tuck for long periods.
“All I’m worried about at the moment is finding 17 fit players to field at Leeds.
“Of course we missed the eight players who didn’t play but we had no right to even compete against what Hull had out there. Yet we were still in a position where we could have won that game against all the odds.
“I was really happy with the way every one of my players played. I was really happy that we competed hard and we had no right to win or be in that game at all.”