Milner confident Castleford can cope with injury crisis

Adam Milner.
Adam Milner.

Castleford Tigers star Adam Milner is confident that the current spate of injuries suffered by his team will not derail their season.

After a relatively injury-free run last year, the Tigers’ squad strength is really being tested now with some key players on the sidelines and more injuries picked up at Hull last Saturday.

Man of Steel Luke Gale is facing a three-month lay-off with a fractured kneecap and Ben Roberts, Greg Eden, Jake Webster, Nathan Massey and James Clare were also missing against Hull. Jake Trueman (jaw) and Grant Millington (head) were then hurt in the first half at the KCOM Stadium, but Milner believes Cas can cope.

He said: “We have been in this situation before.

“In 2016 we were worse off than this, we were down to the bare bones – we only had 13 or 14 players training.

“We know what it’s all about and how to get through the tough period we’re facing.

“The boys will have to show a tough attitude, but I am sure they’ll do that.”

Gale’s injury has forced a reshuffle with Paul McShane switching to half-back and Milner taking over at hooker, his specialist position before he moved into the back-row.

“I am not used to it, my body is sore,” he explained.

“But I am used to the position, it’s not like I’ve never played there before.

“My body might not be used to it now, but I am just doing a job for the team.

“I will do the best job I’ve can and we’ve also got Paul McShane who fitted in there a bit (against Hull).”

The Hull game brought a fourth defeat of the season and knocked the Tigers out of the top four in the Betfred Super League, but forward Adam Milner insists they can take positives into the next game, Saturday’s Ladbrokes Challenge Cup tie at home to St Helens.

He said: “We had players out at the start of the game and we only had two subs in the second half, but we showed a lot of grit.

“I don’t think the scoreline reflected the game. It was disappointing to go away without the two points, but we have got a lot of positives to take out of it.”

May could be a crucial month for Cas who now play host to St Helens twice, in cup and league matches and also face Leeds Rhinos in a Grand Final rematch at the Magic Weekend.

Milner feels that switching their attention to the cup this weekend will be good for Castleford.

He added: “It is a new competition this week, the Challenge Cup and we are probably playing the best team at the minute.

“We have got to take the positives (from last weekend), look at the negatives and build for Saturday.

“It is a one-off game, knock-out and anything can happen.

“The boys will dust themselves off and get ready for it.”