Castleford Tigers have confirmed that promising young winger Ash Robson is set to be sidelined for up to eight months after picking up a serious injury in last Friday night’s warm-up game against Bradford Bulls at the Provident Stadium.
The injury occurred in the last minute of the pre-season friendly when Robson badly injured his knee and means he will almost certainly miss the entire regular Super League campaign in a season in which he hoped to make the breakthrough to become a first team regular.
Confirming the news, Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said: “Ash has had a rupture of his Patella tendon (knee cap) which is obviously a really disappointing injury for him.
“He’s had the injury repaired now, but the timescale for his return up to eight months.
“It’s a long time out and obviously it’s really disappointing for Ash. He’s been outstanding in pre-season, but unfortunately these things happen.
“His spirits seem to be okay at the moment and we’ll look forward now to giving him as much support as we can and getting him back training and then hopefully back on to the field as soon as possible.”
Robson has featured in three recent pre season friendlies for the Tigers, showing some flair and ability on the wing.
He has been overwhelmed by the fantastic support from Cas fans since the injury occurred during Friday night’s game and said: “It is obviously disappointing for me having enjoyed pre-season and more importantly the warm-up games.
“I’ll be working with Matty Crowther and his team to ensure I come back strong from this injury.
“The support from our fans on social media has been immense and big thanks go to my family and friends who’ve been helping me through the op.”