Lee Radford says star player has been left “walking like the Terminator” by injury

Castleford Tigers boss Lee Radford has revealed that Jake Mamo is in a bad way with a back injury.

The versatile back tore St Helens apart in the first half of last week’s clash but unfortunately every time he made a break he would squander the opportunity.

In the second half he was withdrawn with many wondering if the decision was made due to those missed chances.

However, Radford revealed after the game that it was a back injury and this week told BBC West Yorkshire Sport that Mamo is walking like the Terminator:

“It’s just a back spasm that came on during the game. Unfortunately it took a bit of a twist.

“He’s walking around like terminator at the minute, he has to twist his full body instead of his torso so we’ll see how he goes.

“I think with it it’s just seeing how it settles down, sleep and recovery is obviously important there.”

Castleford announced two squads for the game. Their earlier and initial squad saw just three changes from the 21-man squad that faced St Helens with Jack Broadbent, Jake Mamo and Cain Robb all missing out.

Their replacements were Alex Sutcliffe, Suaia Matagi and Daniel Smith, however that’s now changed.

Rather than being dropped from the squad like initially announced, Jack Broadbent has actually retained his spot at the expense of one of the Tigers’ most senior players.

Broadbent was electric against St Helens and it was his work on the left flank that copped the high tackle from Jack Welsby and Castleford’s penalty try.

One man who had struggled on that left flank was Jordan Turner with the experienced centre dropping a couple of passes that would have seen him through.

He’s since been dropped and is no longer in this revised squad of Castleford’s with Broadbent taking his place instead.

The initial squad report is linked here and shows the full squad at the bottom of the article, but it’s clearly changed with Turner being the one absentee.

Turner is closing in on 300 Super League appearances but it’s unclear at the moment if he has been dropped on the basis of form or injury.

The initial team news was released at 12:30 via their website and Twitter page but the tweet has since been deleted meaning it’s unclear if Turner’s involvement was an error, or if this is a later change.

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