Castleford winger Ashley Robson will be out of action for up to eight months with a knee injury.
The injury occurred in the last minute of Friday night’s pre-season friendly against the Bradford Bulls.
“Ash has had a rupture of his Patella tendon (knee cap) which is obviously a really disappointing injury for him,” Tigers head coach Daryl Powell said.
“He’s had the injury repaired now but the timescale for his return up to 8 months.
“It’s a long time out and obviously it’s really disappointing for Ash, he’s been outstanding in pre-season but unfortunately these things happen.
“His spirits seem to be okay at the moment, and we’ll look forward now to giving him as much support as we can, and getting him back training and then hopefully back on to the field as soon as possible.”
Robson has featured in three recent pre-season friendlies for the Tigers.
“It is obviously disappointing for me having enjoyed pre season and more importantly the warm up games,” the winger said.
“I’ll be working with Matty Crowther and his team to ensure I come back strong from this injury.
“The support from our fans on social media has been immense, and big thanks go to my family and friends who’ve been helping me through the op.”