Castleford’s Dorn set for further prolonged spell on sidelines

Luke Dorn.
Luke Dorn.

Castleford Tigers look set to be without key player Luke Dorn for at least another month after he suffered a recurrence of the hamstring injury that has forced him to miss the last six games.

Full-back Dorn was on the mend and was being lined up for a return to the first team in tonight’s game against Huddersfield Giants, but has now been ruled out with the scan he underwent on Tuesday confirming the club’s fears that it was a bad tear again.

“I was hoping Luke Dorn was going to be fit, but he’s re-done his hamstring,” explained head coach Daryl Powell.

“He’s got a grade two hamstring injury, the same thing as before, so we are back to square one.”

Powell is able to call on Denny Solomona and Frankie Mariano after they have recovered from their injuries, but the Tigers will still be without a handful of first teamers for the Giants game.

“I was hoping we would be a bit healthier, but we do have Denny Solomona and Frankie Mariano both coming back in,” said Powell.

“We’ve been without some of our real sharp players over the last few weeks and Denny coming back in gives us one of those back. Ash Gibson’s been doing okay on the other flank, but hopefully it will give us a little bit of sharpness back on our edges having Denny back.

“Scott Moore I thought would be back this week, but his foot will probably need another week so I’m not going to risk him. Matt Cook and Justin Carney are still about four weeks away.

“I keep saying it, but hopefully we will start to see a few more people back soon.”