Castleford could welcome back seven players for Challenge Cup semi-final

Castleford coach Daryl Powell

Castleford could have seven players return from injury for their Challenge Cup semi-final against Warrington on Saturday.

Castleford boss Daryl Powell expects to have Michael Shenton, Oliver Holmes, Nathan Massey, Jake Trueman and Adam Milner back after they missed last week’s defeat to Leeds, although he has a slight doubt over Milner.

Powell is also hoping to have full-back Niall Evalds and utility back Gareth O’Brien available after injury absences.

He said: “We need them clearly. You don’t want to sweep anything under the carpet but you only have to look at our team. We’ve been busted.

“I feel we’ll have a strong team out there this week and there’s no excuses for us.

“It’s the biggest game we’ve faced for a while. We need to get our performance right and our attitude needs to be great.”

Castleford are hoping to draw inspiration from the biggest upset in Challenge Cup history when they take on in-form Warrington.

Powell invited long-serving physiotherapist Matty Crowther to address his players in the build-up to the clash at Leigh Sports Village.

Crowther was a try scorer when little-fancied Sheffield Eagles beat hot favourites Wigan 17-8 at Wembley in 1998.

Powell added: “I asked Matty to speak. He’s got a special story there.

“Sheffield were pretty much the biggest underdogs ever, it shows anything is possible in rugby league.

“Those sort of stories mean something, they create an emotional bond. It was good to hear what he had to say.”

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