Castleford Tigers have received a boost ahead of their trip to France with key forwards Grant Millington and Craig Huby back in the squad for Saturday’s game against Catalan Dragons.
Millington has not played since injuring his knee at Hull in July while Huby has missed three of the last four matches after dislocating his elbow.
Head coach Daryl Powell welcomed the inclusion of both in what is another massive game for the club.
He told the Express: “Craig Huby and Grant Millington will come into the squad. We will check on them as we go through the week, but the signs are good that they will be able to play.
“It will be a big boost for us to have both back. Millo’s been out a fair while and Craig hasn’t played since the Challenge Cup final so to have a couple of fresh people in there and a couple of experienced players it should be great. Everybody knows what they are capable of.
“But we will still have a few out. Justin Carney is still unavailable and Gaz Carvell is out .
“Gaz had to go to hospital on Sunday and is pretty sore and still in a neck brace. We need to see how he rolls through the next couple of weeks, but the main thing is that he is okay.
“He hasn’t broken anything in his neck, which is a massive relief to everybody.
“Frankie Mariano is also out. He rolled his ankle and we are not sure how bad it is yet. He will get a scan to find the exact damage, but he could be potentially missing for the rest of the season. We don’t know until we get him checked out.”
Powell believes his team will have to play well if they are to avoid a disappointing end to the regular season.
He said: “Catalan have been a formidable team to beat at home all year. Away from home they’ve not been quite so good, but they’ve still got good quality players in every position and big men across every position so physically they present a real challenge.
“Every one of our players is going to have to be at their best to get this job done. But we are capable of going anywhere and beating anybody so it’s something that’s within our grasp.
“It’s difficult for teams travelling to France, but it shouldn’t be too much of a problem for us so long as we prepare well enough.
“The players are not going to train exceptionally hard this week, it’s about refreshing everyone mentally to be right on the money for this game.
“We know we have all the bits and pieces in our game to be able to deliver an outstanding performance, it’s just about players being good mentally this week.
“It will be similar to preparing for the Challenge Cup final, especially if Saints get beat because then it will be like being in a cup final and will be a bit of a one-off. I think it needs that kind of mental approach.”