It was always going to be a tough year in 2021 for rugby league players.
Following the late start to the season with a fixed end date, Super League fixtures were always set to be crammed in.
However, following cancelled games here and there, it has added to the woes of some top-flight sides.
And, for Leeds’ halfback star Luke Gale, the quality is being “diluted” he told the Yorkshire Evening Post.
“We are in a tough period at the moment, with Leigh on Thursday, Warrington next Monday and Catalans the Friday after that,” Gale said in his Yorkshire Evening Post column.
“I am especially gutted to miss the Warrington game; I was looking forward to that and they are playing well.
“It is the sort of game you want to be a part of – it is going to be tough, but we always knew it would be at this stage of the season and we have to dig in and get through it.
“Most teams are in the same boat; there’s a lot of injuries across the league at the moment.
“Unfortunately, I think the game is being diluted which is quite concerning.
“You want to field your best team most weeks, but I don’t think we’ve had the privilege of that all year and the injuries keep on coming.
“There’s a fixture backlog as it is so it is becoming a bit of a worry.”