Castleford Tigers have confirmed that Ben Roberts will miss the rest of the season with a foot injury he aggravated in the Magic Weekend victory over Warrington Wolves.
Half-back Roberts will face surgery tomorrow and a long road to recovery. He made his return to the field on Saturday against the Wolves, but was seen limping to the subs bench just before half-time.
He injured his foot back in the round four clash with St Helens 11 weeks ago and has been stuck on the sidelines ever since.
Head coach Daryl Powell said: “Ben Roberts is gone for the year.
“He needs an operation on his foot.
“We tried to rest his foot and get him back out there but unfortunately he’s not right.
“He’ll have his operation tomorrow and hopefully that will be the end of it. It’s a long recovery procedure but that is what it is and there is not much we can do about it. He’s ruptured the tendons that attach some of the bones in his foot together.”