Castleford Tigers head coach Daryl Powell will check on the fitness of senior players Michael Shenton and Andy Lynch before finalising the 17-man squad for tomorrow’s game against Salford.
Skipper Shenton could make a quicker than expected return to action after missing just one game with the dislocated shoulder he suffered against Wigan, but experienced prop Lynch is a big doubt with a groin injury.
Ryan Boyle is available again, but winger Denny Solomona and forwards Frankie Mariano and Lee Jewitt remain on the sidelines.
Powell explained: “We’ve got a few checks on players before picking the side this week – Michael Shenton, who didn’t play last week and Andy Lynch, who did, but looks very doubtful to play against Salford with a recurrence of his groin injury.
“I don’t know yet whether Michael will be back this week. It will be a decision that’s pretty much down to him with a physio element in there. Shenny knows his body and will know whether he’s right or not and we’ll make a decision probably as late as we can on him.
“I think the team missed him last week. You never know 100 per cent what the issues are, but Shenny as a leader has been exceptional for us and we didn’t show that much leadership across the park last week.”
Powell admitted he had some big decisions to make on who would be in the 17 after the disappointment of the Huddersfield game.
He added: “I don’t think there’ll be too many arguments if people get left out of the team.
“Some people may get benefit of the doubt decisions, but it’s important now that we start to get some consistency in the way that we are playing..
“The players who didn’t play last week, Jordan Tansey, Adam Milner and Ryan Boyle, will come into contention. I’ve got to make decisions on a few players to see where we’re at.
“I’ve got to get a team out there that can get the job done and get some consistency, not just in a game, from week to week. We haven’t quite got that yet.”