Challenge Cup: Hull centre Kirk Yeaman hoping to shake off ankle injury
Last Updated: 20/08/13 10:25am
Kirk Yeaman: Hoping to feature in Saturday's Challenge Cup final
Hull centre Kirk Yeaman hopes he will be given until the last minute to prove his fitness for Saturday's Challenge Cup final against Wigan.
The former Great Britain international went over on his ankle just 20 seconds from the end of the Airlie Birds' Super League win over Salford last Friday and immediately feared the worst.
"It was the first thing that came to my mind, straight away, as I was on the floor," said Yeaman. "I took a carry and someone just fell on my ankle and knocked it the other way.
"I felt it go straight away but it seemed to ease down afterwards.
"My missus said 'what were you doing taking a carry with 20 seconds to go?'
"It's still a little bit sore. I'll see how it goes during the week but hopefully it will be okay.
"I'll do everything possible to get on that pitch, even if it takes up to two o'clock on Saturday."
Hull also have injury concerns over Yeaman's centre partner Joe Arundel, goalkicking second rower Danny Tickle and winger Tom Lineham, who are all facing fitness tests.
Lineham has been a revelation this year and it was the 21-year-old's long-range try against Warrington that turned the semi-final at Huddersfield last month.
"It will be fantastic if Tom plays," Yeaman said. "He showed in the semi-final what he can do.
"It's great to see Tom in open space. He's a big strong lad and fingers crossed he can pull through and play."