England forward Gareth Ellis will make his long-awaited debut for Hull in Friday's Super League match against London Broncos at the KC Stadium, coach Peter Gentle has confirmed.
The 32-year-old former Leeds and Wests Tigers back-row forward was the club'smajor close-season signing after ending his four-year spell in the RNL and wasappointed by Gentle as his new captain for 2013.
However, he fractured a bone in his foot before the opening match of Super League at Leeds back in February and only resumed full training 10 days ago.
Rugby League England international Gareth Ellis says missing out on making his Hull debut last Friday was "probably my lowest-ever point".
The newly-appointed Black and Whites captain was set to make his eagerly-awaited return to Super League at his old club Leeds but was forced to pull out of the match after hurting his foot in the warm-up.
The 31-year-old, who is still awaiting the result of scans to determine the extent of the injury, has spoken about the disappointment for the first time.
Hull FC says scans have showed the foot injury sustained by new signing Gareth Ellis is not as bad as first feared, although he is facing a spell on the sidelines.
The England back rower, who was appointed as the Black and Whites' captain after joining them on a three-year contract from Wests Tigers, injured his foot during the warm-up for last night's Super League opener at Leeds.
The injury rekindled memories of the fractured foot that kept the 31-year-old former Wakefield and Leeds favourite out for three months last season but Hull say it is not a re-occurrence of the same injury.
Hull FC have pulled off what they describe as one of the biggest signings in their history with the capture of England international Gareth Ellis. The 30 year old former Wakefield and Leeds forward has signed a 3 year deal from Australian side the Wests Tigers.