Gale doubt for the Play Offs after surgery

Castleford Tigers Scrum Half Luke Gale could have kicked his last goal of the season after being rushed to hospital  to have his appendix removed .

The man of steel favourite started experiencing pain last night and has had to have an operation today that could end his season early .

The England International told the clubs website ‘This is a freak situation that could happen to anyone at any time and it’s just really unfortunate for me that it has happened to me now at such a crucial point in the season. Rest assured I’ll be doing all I can to aid my recovery with an aim to getting back on the pitch as soon as possible.

“In the meantime, I’ll be 100 per cent behind my team-mates in our quest for the Grand Final to top off what has already been a fantastic year.”

Gale has scored 13 tries this season and had has 20 assists , he is also well out in front with 129 goals and his absence will be a huge blow to the Tigers , his length of time out hasn’t been confirmed but Malcolm Alker once famously played only 15 days after similar surgery , a miraculous recovery like that would see him make the home Semi Final which is 2 weeks on Thursday .

Coach Daryl Powell told the club website , ‘Luke has had surgery relating to his appendix on Tuesday afternoon which will keep him out of immediate action on the field.

“We are hoping for a speedy recovery back to the field before the end of the season.’

It is thought he will be fit for the World Cup which starts at the end of October .