Lee Radford reveals damning blow to Castleford Tigers ahead of important Warrington Wolves clash

If there is one Super League side that has done it tough in 2022, it is the Castleford Tigers.

Lee Radford’s men have been consistently hit by injuries and suspensions – and whilst the latter they can control – the former has seen them lose a lot of players through innocuous incidents.

Danny Richardson, for example, broke his neck on the first day of the season in a nothing tackle against the Salford Red Devils whilst Jake Trueman suffered an ACL injury despite looking comfortable enough to play on.

Now, Radford has revealed that the returning Jordan Turner now has a pectoral issue just a week after coming back into the fold following a shoulder reconstruction.

“Jordan Turner had his shoulder recon months ago, he’s just having a couple of issues with his pec on the same shoulder and he is one we cannot risk,” Radford told BBC Radio Leeds.

“We will see the developments on that.”

Problems across the Super League in general makes this intense period of fixtures appear damning to the play-offs and Radford knows how difficult it is going to be.

“You only have to have a look at the decimations of everyone’s squad why there is such a fuss being made of it.

“We’ve got to get all three wins to secure our place in the six. At the beginning of the year I would have taken this position, but the fact that it is in our own hands is pleasing.

“We’ve not made the six for the last couple of years and an improvement this year is to make the six and kick on beyond that.

“From day one we spoke about where we want to get to and that will be a stride in the right direction.”

Castleford will welcome back stalwart Nathan Massey who has recovered from what was an initially thought to be a season-ending injury.

“He has probably healed a bit better than we anticipated when the scan results came back. He adds a fair bit to our middle with his experience.

“I’m really glad he’s back on the field.”

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