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Scans ease Ellis injury fears

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.

Ellis will visit a specialist early next week before an accurate assessment of the extent of his injury can be confirmed and how long he'll be out of action,"

– Hull FC spokesman