Castleford Tigers boss Daryl Powell has received positive news on several of his players who have been struggling with injuries.
Centre Jake Webster, outside back Ashley Gibson, half-backs Marc Sneyd and Jamie Ellis and forwards Nathan Massey and Oliver Holmes are all making progress after being sidelined at the start of pre-season training.
Hooker Adam Milner and forward Grant Millington are still causing concern and prop Ryan Boyle is still on the mend, but head coach Powell is pleased with the way things are progressing.
He told the Express: “There’s a couple of little issues in there, but quite a few of the guys are coming through okay.
“Jake Webster had another operation on Tuesday, which is good news really. He was a little bit worried about his progress, but he’s been pretty much passed clear with just an operation to relieve some scar tissue. Hopefully he’ll be okay, not too far past the start of the season, so it is positive news from his point of view.
“Jamie Ellis is coming on nicely and getting involved in a little bit of training now after his shoulder operation.
“Oli Holmes is pretty much in full training and Ash Gibson’s just got into light training after his injury.
“Marc Sneyd has had a couple of bumps and bruises, but he’s in full training at the moment and hopefully he’s going to get plenty of training under his belt in the next few weeks.
“Nathan Massey is also in training and he’s feeling a fair bit better. With him we are just going to gauge it over the next few weeks and hopefully he’s going to be okay.
“We’ve got a bit of a problem with a couple of people. Grant Millington is having a little bit of trouble still with his ankle, but hopefully that’s going to start to clear up soon, and Adam Milner needs his ankle checking again after he had his operation.”
Castleford’s utility back Luke Dorn has returned to Australia, but is expected back next week.
Powell explained: “Luke has had to go home again because his father-in-law died. It’s obviously a tough time for him and his family.
“It’s a bit of a blow for us, but sometimes there’s things that are a little bit more important than a sport.
“Obviously we are desperate to have him here, but ultimately he has to be with his family, who are going through a tough period at the moment.”