Former NRL prop Mose Masoe is showing signs of improvement after undergoing spinal surgery, Hull Kingston Rovers have announced.
The 30-year-old, who played for Sydney Roosters and Penrith before joining St Helens in 2014, was taken to hospital after sustaining a serious neck injury during the opening minutes of a pre-season trial match at Wakefield.
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The Samoan international was given oxygen on the pitch before being carried off on a stretcher and rushed to hospital in Leeds, where he was operated on overnight.
The Rugby League Benevolent Fund have paid for the player's family to fly over from Australia to be with him.
Masoe awake and alert after surgery
A statement from the club said: "Following Mose's surgery last night, he is awake and alert and has continued to show signs of improvement.
"Mose has an overwhelmingly positive mindset and would like to thank everyone for their concern and well wishes.
"He would also like to extend special thanks to staff at Leeds General Infirmary for their unbelievable care.
"The club will continue to provide further updates as soon as they can, and in the meantime would ask for privacy for Mose and his family at such a difficult time.
"If anyone would like to offer a kind donation to support Mose and his family, please do so via the official Hull Kingston Rovers donation page.
"The club wishes to thank the Rugby League Benevolent Fund for flying Mose's family over to be with him."
Get well soon @MoseMasoe , you’re in our thoughts big man, once a Saint always a Saint! 🙏— River Malone (@GayBikerUK) January 13, 2020
Dreadful news about Mose Masoe, I can’t understand how such an innocent looking contact has been so devastating. 😨 Get well soon Mose. https://t.co/WjgHXyvcrc— Stephen James turner (@StephenJamestu3) January 13, 2020
Sad to hear the recent news about Mose Masoe. Whatever has happened, it doesn’t sounds good...— Kieran Curl (@KieranCurl99) January 13, 2020
Wishing you a very speedy recovery @MoseMasoe. Keep positive. The Rovers and RL family is supporting you. 🔴⚪️ pic.twitter.com/8w30Hix0j1
Sad news out of the UK, with former @sydneyroosters Mose Masoe suffering a serious spinal injury in a trial for @hullkrofficial on the weekend. Had surgery yesterday - hope he comes through OK. pic.twitter.com/y5168WpcTd— The Mole (@9_Moley) January 13, 2020