Castleford Tigers’ reigning Man of Steel Luke Gale is set to be out of action for three months, the club has confirmed today.
The 29-year-old half-back had to come off with a knee injury in last Friday’s win over Wakefield Trinity and a scan has now revealed that he has suffered a tear in his patella tendon.
Tigers assistant coach Ryan Sheridan revealed that Gale will be out for up to 12 weeks.
He said: “It is a massive blow for us and a massive blow for Galey but we have got to get on with it.
“He has been to see the specialist and I would imagine that he is devastated. Whoever goes in the halves has got a job to do until we get him back, but he will be chomping at the bit to get back and he will get stuck into his rehab.
“It will be a challenging period for us but there is a shared responsibility across the team now.”
Paul McShane is set to continue at half-back for this Saturday’s game at Hull after taking over from Gale in the second half against Wakefield and will team up again with Jamie Ellis with another stand-off, Ben Roberts, also currently out of action.
Other options going forward could involve Cory Aston, who has been on loan at Sheffield, and Jake Trueman, who is currently in the team at full-back.