Frankie Mariano’s Super League season is over, Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has confirmed.
The strong running back rower had his fears realised when the scan on the injury he picked up against Huddersfield revealed his knee injury was as serious as first thought.
Powell explained: “Frankie needs his cruciate reconstructing. It’s a bad injury and he will be out for the season.
“It’s a six month period he’s looking at being out of action for and it’s tough for him and tough for us. It’s really disappointing and it’s part of the game sometimes, but Frankie’s had a tough year.
“We need to keep his chin up and he will get plenty of support from the boys, who have already been rallying round. He’ll get plenty of support as well from everybody at the club.”
Powell is hoping to have several of his other long term injury victims back in the next month with several targeting the home game against Widnes Vikings on July 5.
He said: “There’s a few players a couple of weeks away from returning.
“Matt Cook and Justin Carney are potentially two or three weeks. They have obviously got to go through all the return to play protocol and make sure they are ready when they do come back. But they are not far away.
“Luke Dorn is maybe another couple of weeks away and he could be back round about the Widnes game. But again it’s a fluid situation, we need to make sure he’s right.
“With Ryan Bailey we’re not sure. He’s got a calf strain and maybe needs another week.
“Hopefully we’ll be looking a lot healthier soon.”