Hull suffer setback as prop Carvell is ruled out until May

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Hull have learnt the worst about Garreth Carvell, whose knee injury will rule him out of action for three-and-a-half months. The Great Britain prop will not play again until the end of May after a scan revealed that he had ruptured ligaments in the defeat at Warrington last Friday.

"Rob Parker wrapped both his legs around me in a tackle and as we fell his full weight fell on my knee," Carvell said. "I knew something had gone, but hoped it wouldn't be as bad as we feared."

Hull were without seven first-team regulars at Warrington, of whom only Gareth Raynor is expected to return against Harlequins on Sunday.

Cheshire Police have blamed Hull City football supporters for the violence before and after the Warrington versus Hull match last Friday. Two men from Hull have been charged, one with affray and one with public order offences. Inspector Andy Ross said: "We were hijacked by a group intent on causing disorder."

Both clubs and the Rugby League are still investigating the incidents, which included the referee, Ashley Klein, being pelted with rubbish.

The St Helens coach, Daniel Anderson, who raised eyebrows by not signing any new players this close season, has added three teenagers – Kyle Eastmond, Gareth Frodsham and Chris Dean – to his squad to face the Wolves tomorrow and one of them could start. An early injury crisis has seen Maurie Fa'asavalu and Jon Wilkin added to a long-term casualty list that also includes Jason Cayless, Willie Talau and Paul Sculthorpe.

The club described suggestions that they are about to release Talau as "farcical, ludicrous, without foundation and unhelpful."

Castleford are still deciding whether to appeal against the two-match ban imposed on Scott Moore, for two offences in the defeat by the Catalan Dragons on Saturday.

Bradford have sent their prop, Craig Kopczak, on a month's loan to Halifax in National League 1.

The Batley chairman, Kevin Nicholas, has been elected as the new president of the Rugby League, with Oldham's Chris Hamilton as his deputy.

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