It’s fair to say that Danny Richardson has had a difficult 2022 Super League season.
After suffering a serious neck injury in round one – a problem that he may never fully recover from – the Castleford Tigers halfback fought his way back to full fitness only to succumb to another devastating issue in last week’s defeat to the Salford Red Devils.
Now, Richardson is facing a long spell on the sidelines after being given the news that he has tore both his ACL and MCL.
Richardson posted on Instagram: “Disappointing end to the 2023 season.
“Gutted and frustrated after tearing my ACL and MCL last week. Not had much luck this year an no doubt there’s more challenging months ahead.
“Just another low on the rollercoaster of RL”
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Though the former St Helens man has missed a massive chunk of the season, Richardson did enough in the short space of time that he was on the field that he earned a new deal at the Jungle.
The Tigers themselves have endured a horrific time with injuries in 2022. Not only have Richardson, Jake Trueman and Ryan Hampshire been sidelined with horrific ACL injuries but the likes of Niall Evalds, Jordan Turner, Liam Watts and Kenny Edwards have all spent periods of time on the sideline with either injury or suspension.
Going forward, head coach Lee Radford is in a position where he has something to build on following a superb effort against the Leeds Rhinos at the weekend.
The Tigers led 8-0 up until the 72nd minute when a Rhyse Martin penalty reduced the deficit to six before Kruise Leeming finished off a Zak Hardaker break.
Castleford hearts were then completely shattered when Richie Myler broke through and offloaded to Aidan Sezer as the hooter sounded.