Castleford Tigers are awaiting the results of a scan to find out the extent of the elbow and arm injury suffered by top scorer Justin Carney in the win over Hull KR.
Australian Carney is definitely out of this Sunday’s trip to play Widnes Vikings, but although there were initial fears that he could be out for the season the club is still unsure about how many more games he is likely to miss.
Head coach Daryl Powell explained: “Justin Carney’s arm looks swollen at the moment. He’s had a scan and we’ll get the results and see where from there.
“We don’t know if he’ll need an operation, whether he’s broken bones or whether there’s just a dislocation with a lot of swelling.
“It’s a bit of a big blow to us. He’s been playing some high quality rugby league and he’s an important player for us so it’s really disappointing.
“Hopefully it isn’t going to be too bad, but at this point we don’t know how bad it’s going to be.”
Carney’s injury adds to the list of Tigers players currently sidelined. They had seven first teamers missing for last week’s game and although James Clare and Jake Webster are expected to be back they still look like being without six for the Widnes trip.
Powell said: “Apart from Justin, there were no more injuries out of the game against Hull KR and that’s good because we don’t want to be picking up too many more.
“Potentially James Clare and Jake Webster are back this week and I’ve got to make a decision on whether I make too many changes after a performance like that. But obviously there’s one forced on us with Justin out.
“Denny Solomona is still a few weeks away and we’re out of outside backs a little bit so it will be handy if James Clare is available this week.
“He got a knee injury against Leeds, which he really didn’t know about in the game. It was just the next day it was pretty swollen. I’m not sure what he’s done, but it’s not too bad.
“With Junior Moors we’re waiting for results of a re-scan on his knee. We’ll see where he’s at then.
“Matt Cook needs an operation on his ankle and he’s going in to have it this week, but he’s going to be out for six to eight weeks.
“Luke Dorn will be out for four to five weeks with a grade two hamstring tear. It’s another blow and limits our options in outside backs, but Jordan Tansey was pretty good at the weekend, he’s a capable fill in and when he plays at full-back he does a good job.
“It shows how crucial it is to have a big squad. It’s really worked for us over the last two years and if we didn’t have a big squad then you start looking at the sort of situation Wakefield are in when you are having to loan players and that is really not ideal.”