Hull FC’s Mark Minichiello will be ready for the Super League opener against Huddersfield Giants after having surgery on his ankle.
The 35-year-old had the work done on the back of captaining Italy at the recent World Cup and has now linked up with the rest of the Hull FC squad for pre-season this week after an extended break.
Commented on the official club website:
“It’s been good. I’ve started doing a lot of rehab on my ankle after I had that cleaned out when I got back from the World Cup.
“I needed to have that done and I’m ready to go, it feels really good and I’ll start progressing pretty quickly from next week.
“My body was tired from last season and needed a break, I gave it that after the World Cup and now I’m ready to get back into it and start building towards round one.”
Hull’s opening fixture of the 2018 BetFred season kicks off at home to Huddersfield Giants on Thursday 1st February at the KCOM Stadium, just a week before the black and whites head down under to play Wigan Warriors in the first ever Super League game to take place outside of Europe on the 10th February.