Castleford Tigers: Coach Powell remains optimistic over Lynch leg-break setback

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CASTLEFORD TIGERS coach Daryl Powell is confident Andy Lynch will play again this season.

The veteran front-rower – at 36, the oldest player in First Utility Super League – suffered a broken leg during Tigers’ 30-20 home defeat by St Helens two days ago.

Powell said: “We need to find out how bad it is and whether he needs surgery or not.

“It’s not great, it is an injury to an important player for us, but he will be back before the end of the year, I would think.

“A lot depends on whether he needs an operation, but it might be a couple of months’ injury.”

Lynch is the latest player to join a lengthy casualty list.

“It has been a tough year so far,” admitted Powell, whose team are eighth in the table, four points clear of ninth-placed Hull KR.

“Junior Moors failed his head test [before Sunday’s game] and Jake Webster pulled out in the warm-up with a hip problem, so we had a 17-year-old kid, Conor Fitzsimons, making his debut.

“Junior should be available for the Challenge Cup game against Salford on Saturday. He has passed his head test now and hopefully Larne Patrick (ankle) will be as well, but we will have to check on him through the week.”

New signing Danny Tickle has yet to be given the all-clear from injuries suffered during a non-rugby incident in pre-season, but Powell said: “The main thing is just getting him back fit. He has done a fair bit of work so far, but he has been out of the game for quite a long time.”

Despite the result, Powell felt the game against Saints was “pretty positive”. He said: “We were eight points in front, but kicked out on the full and conceded a penalty and they scored on the back of that. That flipped the game, but there was nothing in it.”