Castleford Tigers optimistic over injured duo following season-ending fears; Niall Evalds hopeful of return before exit

Josh McAllister
Jack Broadbent, Nathan Massey

Danny Ward has provided an update on Jack Broadbent and Nathan Massey.

Castleford Tigers boss Danny Ward has provided a positive update on duo Jack Broadbent and Nathan Massey following injuries sustained in the win over Wakefield.

It was initially feared that utility outside-back Broadbent, 22, had suffered a broken collarbone during the relegation crunch clash at Belle Vue last Friday, having been forced from the field.

Meanwhile, veteran forward Nathan Massey also left the action at half-time due to a leg injury.

The 34-year-old has suffered with numerous injuries in 2023, including an MCL injury and a nasty fractured eye socket after a freak incident.

“X-rays came back clear,” Ward said on Broadbent.

“I think he’s gone for a scan just to see what damage is in there.

“The X-ray was fine but there’s got to be more investigation. He’s still pretty sore, and we’re not 100% sure on the damage in there.

“It’s not as bad as we first feared when we went off.”

On prop or loose forward Massey, the head coach continued: “He’s hurt his knee. I think he came on, did a couple of carries and got injured unfortunately.

“Again, it’s not as bad as first feared but we’ll see how it settles down.

“Hopefully we’ll have them two back before the end of the season.”

Niall Evalds hopeful of return before exit

Niall Evalds expected exit was confirmed earlier this week, with Hull KR announcing the signing of the full-back on a two-year deal from 2024.

The one-capped England international suffered a pectoral tear earlier in the season which has seen him sidelined since May, having also damaged an ACL joint which has limited him to just seven appearances in 2023.

However, both new coach Ward and the number one are hopeful of a return for an official farewell before linking up with Willie Peters’ side.

“I’m still hopeful and I think Niall is,” Ward said.

“It’s been a tough period for him injury-wise and we’ve not totally ruled out him playing again at the end of the year.

“But it’s obviously a big ask at the same time and we’re just taking it one week at a time with his recovery. 

“There’s no pressure on Niall to get back on the field and do that. But it’s always good to have a send off, but we’ll just take that one week at a time.

“If he is fit and puts his hand up then fair enough, but if not then it’s unfortunate.”

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