CASTLEFORD Tigers look set to be without five injured first team stars again for their second Stobart Super League game against Bradford Bulls on Sunday.
There were hopes that back row forward Steve Snitch would have recovered from his rib injury, but head coach Ian Millward expects him to miss out along with fellow forwards Grant Millington, Paul Jackson and Craig Huby plus winger Nick Youngquest.
All five players are well on the road to recovery, but will not be risked until fully fit to face the rigours of Super League.
Millward explained: “Nick Youngquest is making great progress from his snapped Achilles. It’s a major injury he’s had, but we’re happy with his attitude and the way he’s going about it.
“We’ll struggle to see him in February, but he should be back after that.
“Grant Millington’s making great progress with his shoulder. He’s on track and we’re looking at the Wigan game when he’ll be available.
“Paul Jackson has had a couple of ups and downs and complications with his hand injury. He’s still a few weeks away.
“Steve Snitch has had a rib cartilage injury. He hurt it in the opening minutes against Huddersfield and it’s still causing him problems.
“Craig Huby’s obviously more long term. He’s on track, but still a couple of months away.
“We made a decision as a staff not to rush people back to games, make sure they’re ready for Super League and make sure we’re not cutting corners.”