Hull coach Lee Radford wants Danny McGuire to play for Leeds Rhinos in tonight’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup quarter-final at KC Stadium.
McGuire has been named in Rhinos’ initial 19-man squad, despite suffering an ankle injury when the sides met in First Utility Super League at Headingley five days ago.
Hull half-back Marc Sneyd was banned for two games for a dangerous tackle on McGuire, who was originally feared to have suffered a broken ankle.
The injury has proved to be less severe than first thought, but the Leeds man is still a major doubt for this evening.
“We have been training as if Danny McGuire is playing tonight,” Radford revealed. “I think if he doesn’t play it will have an adverse effect for us.
“When they brought Kevin Sinfield on at Headingley they looked a better side. They looked more dangerous and had more composure with him [Sinfield] in the team.”
Hull have their own injury doubt, surrounding second-rower Mark Minichiello, who was also hurt during last Sunday’s game.
Radford said: “We are going to give him as long as we possibly can.
“He went for a scan on Wednesday to make sure there was no lasting damage. It is a calf injury and there is a little bit of inflammation around it at the moment.”