Paea faces four-week lay-off

02 March 2018 04:11:47 EST

Hull FC head coach Lee Radford has been dealt mixed injury news ahead of Friday's match against Warrington Wolves.

The Black and Whites' clash with the Wolves is one of the few fixtures to survive the wintry weather, and Radford will be eager for his side to add a second win of the season following two defeats from their opening three fixtures.

He will be without Mickey Paea for the next month, although he could be set to welcome back Scott Taylor.

"Mickey has fractured his hand, so I think he will be out for three or four weeks. I thought St George Illawarra and Castleford were his two strongest performances so it's a blow for us and him, but it's timely to have Scott Taylor back in this week," explained Radford, who could name Jake Connor in the half-back position.

"There is a real opportunity for Jake to stake his claim. I have always said he has the tools to be a future pivot and he is one of the most talented players I've coached. It's a great chance for him and hopefully we get the ball in his hands as often as we can."

Radford added that he is unwilling to blame injuries for his side's mixed start to the season.

"We would love for the players who are missing to be out on the field, but it's part and parcel of the game," added the Hull boss.

"It's about adapting and other players stepping up and playing well. Fortunately, we have the depth, and some lads looking for opportunities."

Hull FC are 8/15 to beat Warrington and 40/1 to win this season's Grand Final.

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