Castleford winger Sosaia Feki has suffered a major pre-season injury for the second successive year.
The Tongan international joined the Tigers on a three-year contract from Cronulla ahead of the 2020 season but has yet to make an appearance in Super League.
He limped out of the Tigers’ pre-season friendly against Toronto in January 2020 with a torn calf and went on to aggravate the injury in training.
When he eventually made his debut, in a Challenge Cup tie against Hull last September, he went off after 24 minutes with a knee injury and did not play again in 2020.
The 29-year-old Feki, who won the 2016 NRL Grand Final with Cronulla, now faces another lengthy lay-off after rupturing his Achilles tendon in training.
A statement from the club said: “Castleford Tigers regrettably announce that Sosaia Feki has suffered an injury during the 2021 pre-season.
“Feki had been training with the Tigers getting ready for the 2021 Betfred Super League campaign when he ruptured his Achilles tendon.
“We will provide a further update in due course. As a club, we wish Sosaia a speedy recovery.”
Castleford Tigers regrettably announce that Sosaia Feki has suffered an injury during the 2021 pre-season.#COYF
— Castleford Tigers (@CTRLFC) February 18, 2021