CASTLEFORD TIGERS have lost another player for the start of the season, with new signing Matt Cook set to miss the opening two rounds.
Cook, signed from London Broncos, suffered a grade two hamstring tear ahead of the 20-18 pre-season win over Widnes Vikings two days ago.
Another recruit, Junior Moors, has already been ruled out of the home derby against Wakefield Trinity Wildcats on Sunday, February 8 after sustaining a similar injury in training.
Two more forwards, Frankie Mariano (wrist) and Lee Jewitt (groin), have yet to recover from off-season surgery, meaning Tigers will go into the new campaign with limited options up front.
Coach Daryl Powell described Cook’s setback as “disappointing”.
“He’ll probably be out for four weeks, which is obviously disappointing for him because he has had a pretty good pre-season,” he said.
“We’ve got a few others out as well, so it’s not perfect, but that’s what you get sometimes.
“We play a tough sport and players are going to get injuries.
“It gives an opportunity to others.”
Powell is hopeful injuries sustained by full-back Luke Dorn (pectoral muscle), stand-off Ben Roberts (calf) and forward Oliver Holmes (groin) won’t cause them to miss the Wakefield game.