Castleford: Tigers keeping fingers crossed on Mariano injury

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LUCKLESS CASTLEFORD Tigers forward Frankie Mariano will find out this week if his season has ended, but coach Daryl Powell is confident prop Ryan Bailey is not facing a lengthy lay-off.

Both players were hurt in the home loss to Huddersfield Giants six days ago and Powell fears Mariano could be unable to play or train fully for at least six months.

“It looks like he has done his cruciate (anterior cruciate knee ligament),” Powell said.

“It is a pretty serious injury and he will be missing for the rest of the season, if that’s what it is.

“We will get a surgical opinion midweek, but that’s what it looks like.”

If the injury is confirmed, Mariano will need surgery for the second time since the end of last season.

Powell said: “He had an operation on his thumb, which has been a bit of a long-standing injury for him.

“He came back from that and did it again and now this, so it has been a tough year for him.”

Bailey also limped out of last Thursday’s game and Powell said: “He has torn his calf a little bit, but I don’t think it’s too severe. “It is probably a two-week injury.”

Bailey was charged with Grade A punching Huddersfield’s Brett Ferres in the 19th minute of last Thursdasy’s game.

Despite his injury he opted to submit and early guilty plea and avoid a potential ban and fine.