Castleford Tigers go into their make or break game with Huddersfield Giants tonight without their much praised left edge attack, but have been boosted by news of the return of winger Denny Solomona.
The Tigers will take to the field at the John Smith’s Stadium without injured skipper Michael Shenton and the suspended Justin Carney. They also have a second centre, Jake Webster, out through injury, giving head coach Daryl Powell some decisions to make with his outside backs.
But Powell does have flying winger Solomona back after recovering from an ankle injury that has kept him out of the last four matches.
Giving an injury update, the Cas boss told the Express: “Michael Shenton is out. He dislocated his shoulder, which is a bit of a blow to lose your captain and a player that’s been so consistent for us.
“Jake Webster doesn’t look like he’s recovered from the injury he missed the Catalans game with.
“But Denny Solomona will be back, which gives us a lift in the outside backs.
“Huddersfield are really difficult to break down and you need outstanding finishers against them – and Denny certainly fits into that category. Hopefully we can create some opportunities for him to take.
“I’ve got to make a decision whether he will play right or left side and with which centre. We’ll have a look at it in training.
“I thought Michael Channing was really good in France and he’ll get another opportunity to play and do well.
“Adam Milner did well when he went on the wing and I think he will be putting his hand up to play there again after getting two tries! I thought he did really well.
“There will be a couple of changes in there, but not too many.
“Hopefully Ben Roberts will be okay, but he needs to pass his head test after the knock he got in France. Ashley Gibson is fine after that ‘tackle’ over there.
“Nathan Massey has trained and looked all right. He had a bit of an ankle problem, but he’s had a bit of time to get over that so hopefully he will be okay. We will see how he pulls up in the final training session.”
Powell is expecting another game to add to the list of crackers involving Castleford on Sky this year, particularly on Thursday nights.
He added: “We’ve had some great Thursday night games and won a couple of late ones at the death that has put us in this really good position.
“I don’t like winning them in that way, to be honest, it’s making me even greyer than I am!
“But it’s all about winning these games and it’s great that we can find a way.”