Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell is hopeful fans will see Andy Lynch back on the field before the end of the season despite confirming that the key forward suffered a broken leg in Sunday’s defeat to St Helens.
The loss of Lynch will be keenly felt by the Tigers, who despite being the oldest player in the First Utility Super League often plays the most minutes of any prop in the competition.
The extent of his injury is not yet known, but Powell believes Lynch will be able to return to action this season.
He said: “We need to find out how bad it is and whether he needs surgery or not.
“It’s not great, it is an injury to an important player for us, but he will be back before the end of the year, I would think.
“A lot depends on whether he needs an operation, but it might be a couple of months’ injury.”
Lynch adds to the ever lengthening injury list at Castleford.
Powell added: “It has been a tough year so far. Junior Moors failed his head test [before Sunday’s game] and Jake Webster pulled out in the warm-up with a hip problem, so we had a 17-year-old kid, Conor Fitzsimmons, making his debut.”