CAPTAIN Michael Shenton will miss Castleford Tigers’ First Utility Super-8s four-pointer at Huddersfield Giants on Thursday, but could be fit to face St Helens a week later.
Shenton suffered a dislocated shoulder in Tigers’ loss at Catalans Dragons on August 22.
Coach Daryl Powell said: “He won’t be fit for this week, but I think he has got a chance of playing against St Helens.
“We will just have to check on how he goes over the next week.
“He has still got some pain in there, but his movement is not bad.
“He is just over a week out from a dislocated shoulder so it will take a bit of time for him to recover, but he is a bit freakish in that.
“He played two weeks after he did it before, so hopefully we will have him available for the Saints game.”
Powell was due to name his initial 19-man squad today and revealed winger Denny Solomona is likely to be included after recovering from an ankle injury.
“He has trained okay and looks pretty good,” said the coach.
Powell added: “We need to check on Jake Webster, who has a shoulder problem and Ben Roberts needs to pass a head test before he can play.”
Tigers will be without winger Justin Carney, who is being linked with a move to Catalans Dragons after being suspended by Castleford over an off-the-field matter.
Meanwhile, Shenton is one of the nominees for the August First Utility Super-8s player of the month award.
Other nominees are Leeds Rhinos’ Zak Hardaker and Danny McGuire, Wigan’s Matty Bowen and Jermaine McGillvary, of Huddersfield Giants.
Fans have until 2pm on Thursday to vote via www.facebook.com/firstutilitysuperleague
Each fan who votes will go into a prize draw with one supporter getting the chance to present the trophy to the winning player.
The two players with the most votes will then be considered by a judging panel, who will decide the player of the month recipient.