Hull KR will find out in the next 24 hours whether the game against Salford Red Devils has become the latest to fall victim to the coronavirus pandemic.
Salford were forced to postpone training yesterday after coronavirus cases were identified in the camp and their plans for Thursday’s match remain on hold as they await the results of another round of testing.
The tests were carried out this morning, meaning Rovers may have to wait until this evening or even tomorrow morning to discover whether they have lost another game to the pandemic.
At this stage it is a very real possibility after Salford were left with 15 available players on the back of the original test results.
It is understood the Red Devils meet the threshold of seven senior players unavailable as a result of Covid-19 which permits a postponement.
Discussions are taking place over a contingency plan, with Leigh Centurions and Huddersfield Giants the only available teams this week.
Both clubs have been left without a fixture due to Covid issues in the Castleford Tigers and St Helens camps.
Leigh appears to be the most viable option at this stage given they were due to host Castleford on Thursday evening, whereas Huddersfield were scheduled to travel to Saints on Wednesday night.
As it stands, Rovers are due to take on the Centurions at Leigh Sports Village on Sunday week, a game that is scheduled for Sky Sports coverage.
There are two other options for the broadcaster that day with Huddersfield set to take on Wakefield Trinity and Warrington Wolves down to face Hull FC.
If KR’s game against Leigh is brought forward, one of those two fixtures could be moved back to the 6.30pm televised slot.
Rovers became the first club this season to switch opponents at short notice after accepting a clash with Catalans Dragons last week following the postponement of the game against St Helens.
Saturday’s trip to Perpignan was KR’s first match in five weeks, ending a hugely frustrating period for the club.
Rovers were forced to postpone three games after a Covid outbreak at Craven Park and then saw three more fixtures called off due to similar issues at other clubs.
The Robins are well placed in the race for the top six despite their defeat to Catalans but the club are conscious that they need to play 18 games to be eligible for the play-offs.
Rovers have played 11 up to now and will have seven weeks to squeeze in at least seven more fixtures if the Salford game is postponed as expected and they are unable to bring forward another match.