Castleford have been dealt another injury blow as half-back Jamie Ellis will miss up to six months with a knee problem.
The Tigers were already without England international Luke Gale for the entire 2019 season with a ruptured Achilles tendon, and now they are resigned to being without another half-back until the summer at least.
Ellis needs a micro-fracture in his knee and could be back in June or July, depending how his rehabilitation process goes.
On Ellis’ injury, Castleford coach Daryl Powell commented: “Jamie was going to play in the [pre-season friendly] Featherstone game, but he hurt his knee in the warm-up.
“We tried to rehab him, but he went to see the specialist today and he needs a micro-fracture in his knee, which is similar to what Luke Gale had.
“He’ll be having that done tomorrow and the potential recovery time is between four and six months, so he could be back in June or July depending on how he recovers.
“It’s a tough one for him. We’ll look after him and try and get him back as soon as we can.”