After a second week back training with Castleford Tigers returning hero Rangi Chase is in contention for a place in the team for Sunday’s game against Warrington Wolves at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Half-back Chase was included in the 19-man squad for last week’s game against Catalans, but was not considered fit enough to take his place in the final 17 after several months out of the game.
But another full week’s training is likely to have sharpened the player up and given him chance to get used to his new combinations at Cas.
Head coach Daryl Powell told the Express: “Rangi has a chance of playing this week.
“We felt he was not quite ready last week, but we are constantly monitoring him in training and seeing how he is going.
“It will be interesting to see how he rolls through this week. He looks okay and he’ll do a lot more practice with us this week, in terms of seeing the structure and that should help him fit in.
“We’ll make a decision on him later in the week.”
Powell will be pleased to have Chase to watch in training as he has more than a team’s worth on the sidelines as injuries continue to hit the Tigers, Nathan Massey being the latest to be forced out.
He said: “We had 19 players who couldn’t train on Wednesday.
“We’ve had a tough season and I think we’ve done really well to be where we are at this point. We’ve had to fight our way through with players playing in different positions.
“I don’t think we’ll get too many people back this week so it’s about looking after the guys we’ve got at the moment.
“We’re a little bit thin on the ground, so we’ve got to go with what we’ve got really and keep battling away.
“Nathan Massey won’t be available this week. It was his shoulder that forced him to come off against Catalans, but he’s got an issue with his wrist and I’m not sure if he will play again this season.
“He needs an operation and we are just seeing when we can get him in for that.
“Denny Solomona should be okay. He had a fair bruise on his knee, but he should be available.
“Every player gets knocks in a game and they just have to get on with it. It’s the nature of the game, a contact sport.”