Hull FC Concerned as Captain Danny Houghton Sidelined with Calf Injury

Rugby League Fans Left Concerned as Hull FC Captain Danny Houghton Sidelined Again with Calf Injury

In a concerning development for Hull FC supporters, veteran hooker and team captain Danny Houghton has been forced off the field during their Round 16 Super League clash against Salford Red Devils, having suffered a recurrence of his calf injury.

The 35-year-old Houghton, who had only recently returned to the Black & Whites’ squad after missing the entirety of June with a similar problem, was replaced by young gun Denive Balmforth just before the half-time break, with Hull leading 6-4 at the time.

“Salford managed to level the scores at 6-6 by the half-time whistle, and commentator Stuart Pyke confirmed that Houghton would not be returning to the field in the second half, having changed out of his kit during the break due to the calf issue.”

This latest setback adds to Hull FC’s growing injury woes, with Cam Scott and Jack Ashworth also sidelined following their defeat to Warrington Wolves prior to the international break. New recruit Jed Cartwright is yet to make his first-team debut, having picked up a minor foot injury.

Despite Houghton’s absence, Hull FC managed to narrow the deficit to 18-12 in the second half, with Balmforth scoring a try shortly after Tom Briscoe had spent 10 minutes in the sin bin for a professional foul. However, Salford had made the extra man count during that period, scoring two quick tries to extend their lead.

The outcome of this crucial Super League clash remains in the balance, with fans and pundits alike closely monitoring the situation surrounding Houghton’s injury and its potential impact on Hull FC’s campaign.

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