JONNY Hepworth is likely to miss Featherstone’s pre-season matches after undergoing major knee surgery.
Liam Finn (pictured) also faces a spell on the sidelines. He will shortly have an operation on a troublesome groin injury.
They were both key players in Featherstone’s championship-winning team last season.
Former Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos utility player Hepworth scored 16 tries in 21 appearances after joining Rovers in March on a two-year contract from Rotherham Titans rugby union club.
Scrum-half Finn, who signed a new two-year deal in July, was nominated for the Championship player of the season award last season. He won the award the previous year.
Rovers coach Daryl Powell said: “Jonny Hepworth has an injury that is worse than we thought.
“The knee kept swelling up and he’s had to have some extensive work done on it. It wasn’t his cruciate but there was some kind of problem with the bone that they needed to do some work on.
“He’s had the operation but it’s a long healing period. I think he is likely to miss the pre-season games but obviously we’ll have to see.
“Recovery periods can speed up and slow down at different times with different injuries but he’s certainly going to be missing for a while.
“Liam Finn has a groin injury that requires surgery.
“Liam has been playing with the injury for a while and he will have the operation early this month.
“He’s likely to be out for a couple of months so he’s another one who we will be checking on but I’m not too fussed about it and I think he’ll be fine.”
Meanwhile, FRISA (Featherstone Rovers Independent Supporters Association) have so far raised just short of £800 this year through their ‘spread and save’ campaign.
Fans are reminded to return any jars to the club as soon as possible.
The ‘spread and save’ campaign will again feature in FRISA’s fund raising next season.
FRISA have contributed £10,000 this season for players’ contracts and are planning to donate a similar amount next season.
Rovers fans can find details about joining FRISA on the community section on the club’s main website or by obtaining an application form from the club shop.