Castleford Tigers set to be without Mike McMeeken for opening weeks of Super League season
Castleford Tigers will be without key forward Mike McMeeken for the opening weeks of the Super League season due to a calf injury.
The 25-year-old missed the end of last campaign with a leg problem but was expected to be fit for the club’s first league fixture against Toronto Wolfpack at Headingley on February 2.
However, Tigers head coach Daryl Powell has revealed that the forward is set to be out until around mid-February after picking up a calf issue.
“Mike McMeeken is going to need a little bit more time,” confirmed Powell.
“He ended up with a calf problem that has taken a bit of extra time to heal.
“It will probably be into the season before he comes back."
Powell is more than happy with the strength in depth at Castleford ahead of the 2020 season.
The Tigers chief feels that there is ample cover to fill the void left by McMeeken’s absence as he prepares for Sunday’s friendly against Toronto Wolfpack.
The Tigers will welcome the Canadian outfit to Wheldon Road for Michael Shenton’s testimonial match.
“But what we have got is a group of players who are flying and they will get the first look at it,” Powell added.
“It will be interesting to see how we manage the group as we go through the season. But I think we have got everything we need to be competitive.”
Sunday’s game kicks off at 2pm and fans can purchase tickets online now, priced at £15 for adults and £11 for concessions.