Castleford Tigers are still unsure about the extent of the injuries that struck three of their first team stars in the game at St Helens, but hope the trio will not be out of action as long as first feared.
Junior Moors, Ben Roberts and Grant Millington all left the field injured during Friday night’s 28-22 loss at St Helens, leaving coach Daryl Powell patiently waiting for the results of scans over the weekend.
Powell has now received the initial diagnosis and told the club website: “Junior has had an operation on his hand and he will be out for potentially six weeks, which is a tough one to take, because he’s been playing really well.
“Ben Roberts has got a foot injury that is not broken which is good news, but he has a ligament tear.
“We are not really sure on the severity, the feedback from our physio Matty Crowther is that we’ll have to gauge off Benny just how long he might be out, but it is not as bad as it could have been at this point.
“Grant Millington hyperextended his elbow and again there is no break in there but there is a rupture of a ligament which is not great, but hopefully he won’t need surgery and again it will depend on how he feels and when the soreness subsides.”
Powell added: “I haven’t really got an answer on time scales for the boys but it looks like all of them weren’t as bad as first thought.
“Obviously Junior is gone for six weeks and the other two guys will definitely miss Sunday, which is tough with the injuries that we already have, but we have a good solid deep squad and some guys will now get their opportunity to put themselves forward and play well. It’s an important game for us on Sunday against a team that is going really well.”