In the present day concussion injuries are a risky business, and Hull FC’s case with Albert Kelly is no different.
The Australian half back hasn’t played since the defeat to St Helens in July, with a setback halting his return to training a few weeks ago.
But after visiting a head injury specialist in Manchester, Kelly has shown significant progress since then and Hull could be tempted to try him out as soon as the Super 8s game against the same opposition next Friday night.
A similar case saw Hull KR release their now former centre Andrew Heffernan last month, after repeated concussion problems, and Hull have a desire to know where they stand with Kelly.
It could be considered to some as a risk, but to play in the Super League competition following a concussion injury you have to pass a series of head tests anyway.
With strains in the salary cap and with recruitment now a priority after Adam Pearson’s comments, the last thing Hull want is to get to the opener in 2019 and not know if their star player can handle the physical demands of a first grade match.
Therefore it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Kelly line up at St Helens, as Hull search for a first win in almost three months.
Alongside the potential return of Jake Connor, that would be a massive boost to an already depleted squad, and an incentive, not that we need one already, to be at St Helens next week.
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