Hull FC confirm complicated Joe Cator back issue as Carlos Tuimavave update given

Joe Cator in action for Hull FC.
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Simon Grix has confirmed that Hull FC forward Joe Cator will be out for at least a 'few weeks' with a back injury. The 25-year-old missed the Castleford Tigers game due to the knock, and the club are now looking to get to the bottom of the issue.

Cator will see a consultant to determine the full problem and his treatment going forward, with the player, who suffered the injury at London Broncos, set for a second layoff of the season after injuring his hamstring in the derby opener.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, Grix said: "Joe was in a lot of pain, so we knew there was something off there. He's got a bulging disc, which is putting some pressure on a nerve in his back.

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"He’s got to see a consultant around what the possibilities are rather than just a conservative rest. He’s certainly going to be out for a few weeks at least."

Grix also confirmed that Carlos Tuimavave is continuing his rehab, although no timeframe has been given for his return. The centre has missed the last ten weeks with a hamstring injury after tearing the muscle against Leigh Leopards back in March.

"Carlos is in the second half of his rehab," Grix confirmed. "I don't know exactly how long he is, but he’s running out on the field. He looks good when he's out; he's not with us yet; he's still doing the rebuilding stage. It will be nice to have him back in the coming weeks."

Hull, who welcomed back Brad Fash and Jack Ashworth from injuries last week, are expected to have Tiaki Chan available again this week. The forward is on loan from Wigan Warriors, with his situation now on a week-to-week basis.

“Tiaki is still with us," Grix added. "Hopefully, we can keep him for a decent amount of time. Wigan have some great depth, and getting a look in there has been difficult for him. That's why he's here, but he's shown some really good stuff.

"He's still young, and he's got a long way to go, but he's got a lot of good qualities. We're thankful he's with us."

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