Lee Radford insists Manu Ma’u’s return to action was a much-needed boost as Hull FC continue their preparations to face Catalans Dragons on Sunday.

Ma’u was one of FC’s star signings over the off-season, but unfortunately an MCL injury picked up in round one has limited him to making just one appearance so far for his new club.

However, after almost a month on the sidelines watching on, Ma’u has been named in the side this week to face the Dragons and seeing his name on the teamsheet will come as a relieve to Radford.

“He’s needed as well,” Radford said of Ma’u. “We need him back performing like he did in round one, we’ve seen what he can do on the field and obviously in training and I’m looking forward to seeing him go again on Sunday.

“It’s like having a brand new car and not having the keys to it.

“He’s been down, he’s been wanting to get on the field, every player wants to play and participate and put their best foot forward and he’s been disappointed.”

Carlos Tuimavave is another to come back into the reckoning this week after overcoming the foot injury he picked up against St Helens a fortnight ago.

“We’ve got another session before Sunday but he’s pulled up good today,” Radford said on Tuimavave

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“He’s just a good player and it makes a difference when he’s back with us definitely.”

The club are still without Andre Savelio and Ratu Naulago, through respective knee and hamstring problems, and while Radford wasn’t able to be clearer on the pair, he was optimistic about their recoveries.

“Don’t know, I genuinely don’t know. Hopefully not too long,” he said.