Castleford Tigers have been one of the most injury-hit sides of 2022 – and that’s saying something.
The whole Super League has been decimated by injury with Castleford bearing a good deal of that with the likes of Jake Trueman, Jordan Turner, Danny Richardson and Niall Evalds spending a great amount of time on the sidelines in 2022.
And, despite Turner being close to returning for last week’s clash against Catalans Dragons, head coach Lee Radford has revealed a talk with the RFL deterred him not to.
“Cheyse and Mamo will return as will Jordan Turner,” Radford told BBC Radio Leeds.
“With those players going down when they did (last week), we contacted the RFL to tell them that he (Turner) would be in the 17, they got back in touch and said we would have been down one interchange, so we didn’t push him.
“He got the all clear after the 21-man squad went out. It would have been a push last week.”
When asked about the bans given to Adam Milner and Suaia Matagi, Radford replied with a wry smile.
“No comment, it’s a touchy subject. I think we’ve only appealed once this year and we had legitimate grounds for that, but every other appeal I’ve seen has had the opposite effect.”
The Tigers head coach also highlighted Danny Richardson’s return and stressed that his side are light in the pack.
“It’s his cartilage but he will have to get jabbed up and man up,” Radford continued.
“We’re really light up front. Griffin with his concussion is struggling a little bit, Watts and Matagi suspended as well as Adz Milner.”
One man who is unlikely to feature again for the Tigers is Sosaia Feki whose horrendous list of injuries was added to last week.
“He’s got a tear in his quad and it’s a hefty one. He’s racing against the clock to get back on the field and whether time will run out we will wait and see.
“I don’t think the physios are confident he will play again. These last few years for Sosaia have been tricky.”