Castleford Tigers forward ruled out for up to six weeks by knee injury
FORWARD Grant Millington will be sidelined for up to six weeks by a knee injury, Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has revealed.
It means the 34-year-old Australian will miss the Tigers return to action against Hull KR on Monday night, when the Mend-A-Hose Jungle hosts a crowd for the first time in over a year.
Millington's absence means that some of Castleford's younger squad members could be called upon as the Tigers look to continue their impressive start to the campaign.
"It’s not great, to be honest. It will be four to six weeks we think with a knee injury," revealed Powell.
"It’s disappointing but it’s a long season and we have quite a few middle men who can do a good job and some young boys in and around there who will be great for us.
"I’m looking forward to seeing some of those younger players back out there again."
James Clare will return to the side while Castleford will be without Liam Watts who serves the first fixture of a two-game ban.
The former Hull FC player was charged with a Grade B dangerous contact following last week's Challenge Cup win over Salford Red Devils but had his suspension doubled due to an unsuccessful appeal.
"I don’t know how he got two," admitted Powell.
"He appealed but you can’t appeal now can you?
"That’s what they are after. I don’t understand it, to be honest. Apparently it was a frivolous appeal. It’s a great word ‘frivolous’ isn’t it.
"But I just think it’s wrong that you can’t appeal something. I always thought you were innocent until proven guilty."