Tigers issue injury update
Posted: Tuesday 12th February 2019 - 6:00 PM
Castleford Tigers have provided an update on several first team players currently unavailable for selection.
Forward duo Mike McMeeken and Mitch Clark are the latest players to pick up injuries, with Clark ruled out for around eight to 10 weeks with a knee ligament problem sustained in Thursday’s victory over Hull FC at the KCOM Stadium.
McMeeken missed the match following a concussion in the opening round win over Catalans Dragons, and will be further sidelined for a period of six to eight weeks having sustained a hamstring injury in training.
McMeeken and Clark add to a growing injury list with head physio Matty Crowther providing an update to castlefordtigers.com …
Mike McMeeken – “Mike has unfortunately suffered a hamstring tear during his return to play protocols in training. He’s likely to be out for six to eight weeks.”
Mitch Clark – “Mitch sustained an MCL injury in his first tackle of the game on Thursday. He’s been to see the surgeon today and the good news is that he doesn’t require surgery, but he will be out for around eight to 10 weeks.”
Oliver Holmes and Will Maher – “Both of the lads coming back from shoulder injuries are progressing really well. Will should be back in action during early to mid-March and Oliver the start of April.”
Luke Gale – “Luke’s operation was really successful. We’re still looking long-term of course but we’re not putting a timeframe on it.”
Jamie Ellis – “Jamie has had surgery on a microfracture in his knee. On a positive note, it looks a bit better than first expected but he’s still going to be out for around four months.”
Matt Cook – “We’re looking at having Matt back to face London. It was only a low-grade soft tissue injury and it was more of a precaution to pull him out last week, so Matt should be back for the Broncos.”
Kieran Gill – “He’s had a grade two hamstring injury. Kieran is now four weeks post injury and is coming along well. He’s looking at another three to four weeks left.”
The club’s Director of Rugby Jon Wells added: “These are obviously significant injuries to key members of our squad – who are already well underway with their rehab and looking to be back fit and healthy in due course. In the meantime, we will draw on our squad depth and the guys selected to come in will put their best foot forward in continuing our promising start to the 2019 campaign.
“We have the opportunity over the next couple of weeks to go into our next home game against Hull KR three from three if we perform and get the result away at the London Broncos. I know a significant number of you are already planning your trips to Ealing and we look forward to some vocal support at a club that has already upset one team in round one by beating Wakefield.
“Your support is vital for this and the Hull KR game and we are confident that will be rewarded by what is a very composed and confident looking Tigers team at the moment. Enjoy the next couple of weeks and we’ll see you in London and then back at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle soon."
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