Injuries add to Castleford Tigers’ French woes

Michael Shenton: Dislocated shoulder
Michael Shenton: Dislocated shoulder

Castleford Tigers have been left counting the cost of their defeat in France to Catalans Dragons last Saturday.

The 44-26 defeat not only left Daryl Powell’s men with ground to make up in their quest to reach the top four at the end of the Super Eights, it could have left them without vital players after five men picked up injuries that may impact on the rest of the season.

Ashley Gibson was stretchered off after being dropped on his neck in an illegal tackle that has since earned Catalans’ Ben Pomeroy a six-match ban after he pleaded guilty to a disciplinary charge of making a Grade E dangerous throw.

The Cas back was taken to hospital in France, but was able to travel home and tweeted afterwards that he was okay and just had a “sore neck”.

Gibson is hoping to be available for the next game as is Ben Roberts, who had to go off with a head injury, and Michael Channing, who picked up a bad cut above his eye. But there are doubts over skipper Michael Shenton and forward Nathan Massey

Head coach Powell explained: “Ash Gibson got suplexed a bit and got dropped on the nape of his neck, which looked pretty horrific.

“He went to hospital over there, but we’ve got this weekend off and he should be all right.

“Michael Shenton dislocated his shoulder and that’s pretty bad news. Nathan Massey got an ankle injury and Ben Roberts got a head knock, but he should be okay.”

Castleford are without a game this week, but are back in action next Thursday with a four-pointer at Huddersfield on which the remainder of their season could hinge.