Danny Richardson has suffered a horror injury as Castleford Tigers boss Lee Radford has confirmed the worst.
It appears as though the halfback has suffered a suspected ACL injury which would rule him out for the rest of the year as well as potentially the start of 2023.
Richardson left the field in Castleford’s dismal 50-10 loss to the Salford Red Devils on Monday and though he was seen walking off the field, it is not good news for the West Yorkshire club.
Though it is only ‘suspected’ at this point, the physio has been right about ACL injuries to Ryan Hampshire and Jake Trueman earlier in the season.
“The physio feedback has been right with most assessments this year – and he’s done a fair few,” Radford told BBC Radio Leeds.
“He will definitely be missing.”
Radford believes it is incredible that his side are still within a shot of the play-offs given the players he has had missing in 2022.
“I wanted to move the club in a better direction by getting in the six,” Radford continued.
“But what we’ve had thrown at us this year in terms of availability and suspensions throughout the year, I think it’s a miracle where we’re at and we are still in with a shout.”
The former Hull FC boss called this period the ‘biggest’ he has ever faced as a coach.
“My only stipulation is we don’t back Monday up with another like that – if we do go down, I want us to go down swinging.
“It’s one of the biggest challenges I’ve faced in my coaching career.”
Not only are Richardson, Trueman and Hampshire sidelined 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.