Featherstone Rovers have suffered a major blow with news that Kyle Briggs will miss the rest of the season.
The 25-year-old half-back or loose-forward (pictured) requires surgery for a cruciate knee ligament injury which he sustained when he made his comeback in the recent Challenge Cup game at London Broncos.
“Kyle was playing really well and obviously it’s massively disappointing for him and for us, but that’s rugby league,” said Rovers coach Daryl Powell.
“He’ll have an operation in about a weeks’ time and then it’s at least a six month recovery period so he’s out until next season.
“In his first contact in the match at London, he did his cruciate ligament which is obviously a significant injury.”
Powell may look for a replacement but he feels that Jack Bussey can provide cover.
“We’ve got Jack Bussey and he showed at the weekend he’s got a fair deal of versatility about his game,” he added.
“We’ll probably have a look and see what is available but at the moment Andy Kain and Liam Finn are in there as halves and Jack Bussey is an option.”
Prop Matt James is expected to be available for Featherstone’s opening Northern Rail Cup game against Leigh Centurions later this month after a minor knee operation.