Wakefield Trinity have confirmed that Luke Gale is expected to return sooner than expected following a foot injury sustained in training.
Last week, the club addressed rumours that the former England international would be out for the remainder of the season.
Gale has so far played just two matches for Trinity, with head coach Mark Applegarth saying he and his staff were ‘hoping it wasn’t as bad as first feared’.
An injury update released this afternoon details that Gale’s injury won’t in fact keep him out for long.
Wakefield issue injury update
“Following the announcement of our squad list for our trip to Huddersfield, we can provide an update on our injury list:
Luke Gale – Saw the specialist on Monday, it’s good news as his injury is not as bad as first feared. Should be back in contention for Warrington or Castleford.
Sam Eseh – Is going through concussion protocols but should be cleared to return for next game.
Romain Franco – Progressing as expected.
Jordy Crowther – Hopefully will get a run in with the reserves next week, to prove fitness.”
Gale force against former club Cas
With Gale returning, and new signing Josh Griffin eligible for the first time in the same game, Wakefield are building steadily towards throwing everything possible at their Round 22 tussle with Castleford.
Both Griffin & Gale have pulled on a Tigers shirt previously, with the latter winning Man of Steel in 2017 as he led the charge to the Grand Final against Leeds Rhinos.
Pushing ticket sales, Trinity themselves have deemed their meeting with Cas at Belle Vue next month it a ‘season definer’. Currently bottom, Applegarth’s side have clawed themselves back to within touching distance of the Tigers, and just two competition points now separate them.
There are three games to be played before that clash, selected for Sky Sports earlier this week.