FEATHERSTONE Rovers centre or second-rower Nathan Chappell will be sidelined for around five months after having an operation to repair damaged cruciate knee ligaments.
The 21-year-old former Huddersfield Giants and Castleford Tigers player signed for Rovers last April following a successful trial with the reserves.
He made an early impact, scoring two tries in three first-team appearances before he was dogged by knee trouble.
Rovers coach Daryl Powell said: “Nathan will be available probably mid to late April.
“When he came into the side he really impressed with his ability in the centres and he can also play back row as well.
“Once he gets himself moving forward, he will be a quality player for us next season.”
Ex-Huddersfield and Blackpool half-back Tom Hemmingway (pictured) has fully recovered after he suffered a fractured jaw twice last season.
Powell said: “Tom is training really hard. He’ll be with us next year and he’ll add competition for both half-back positions and at hooker as well. I am delighted to have Tom with us again.
“After the second fracture, the medical advice Tom was given was that the jaw would heal itself given time so he didn’t have another operation and it now looks like he’ll be okay. He’s been through a couple of contact sessions and he looks fine.”
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