Lee Jewitt appears to have played his last game for Castleford Tigers after being ruled out of action for more than a month following his latest injury.
The popular forward picked up a knee injury during last week’s game against Wigan and the expected recovery period means he is unlikely to play again for the Tigers before the end of the season when he will be going to Australia.
Tigers head coach Daryl Powell told the Express: “We’ve lost Lee Jewitt. He’s got an MCL, a knee ligament injury, and he’ll be out for a while. It will be a brace for about six weeks so it’s a tough injury for him.
“It looks like it’s the end for him at Castleford.
“He started the season like a house on fire and he came back like a house on fire. He’s had some good games, but he just hasn’t been able to put a consistent run together.
“It’s been really tough for him. Obviously he wouldn’t have wanted it to finish that way so it’s really disappointing and frustrating for him and I feel for him.”
Powell is not expecting to have any players back for this Saturday’s game at Warrington, but no new injuries apart from Jewitt’s means he will be able to go with 16 of the 17 players who did the job so well against Wigan and Hull in the last two matches.
He said: “We’re okay apart from Lee.
“I haven’t finalised the squad yet, but Paddy Flynn will probably come into it. We’ve only got 19 fit players again really so I’ve no selection issues this week.
“It certainly makes a change to be able to keep roughly the same side. We haven’t been able to keep a settled side together and I’ve hardly had to sit down with anybody and let them out of the team because we haven’t had players to bring in.
“It’s been an interesting year, but I think we’ve done an awesome job. We’ve just got a bit of work to do yet. There’s some focus points for us to climb the ladder and a win this week would help us massively in that target.”
Castleford are looking to back up their superb start to the Super 8s when they have beaten two top three sides. They now face another in the Wolves, but go into the game in confident mood.
Powell added: “The Rugby League Gods gave us a great start didn’t they? Hull away, Wigan at home and Warrington away, it’s certainly challenged us to see what we’re about. We’ve replied emphatically that we’re a good side.
“It gives you confidence beating these sides, but I think it’s just the way we’re playing, we’re playing with a bit of a buzz as well as intent and a defensive focus.
“It’s nice to have beaten two top four sides and we want to be a top four team ourselves.
“We’re still after that this year. It looks tough, but we’ll just keep fighting for it and keep looking to improve, which is something I think we’re really showing signs of.
“Everybody keeps saying we have nothing to play for, but that is so far from the truth. We’ve got a hell of a lot to play for and we’ve got to back up the Wigan game against Warrington.
“We’ve got to get after them, be really physical and aggressive and keep playing our game. We’re playing a great game I think with the ball and if we’re physical and aggressive on Warrington it gives us a chance of another big win.
“We’ve got off to a really good start in the last two weeks and if we can again I will be delighted with that.”