Castleford Tigers: Powell says Hardaker should be fit for Wigan but waits on others

Zak Hardaker. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
Zak Hardaker. PIC: Bruce Rollinson
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ACE FULL-BACK Zak Hardaker is expected to be fit for Castleford Tigers’ trip to Wigan Warriors on Sunday, but stand-off Ben Roberts and second-row Junior Moors are both in doubt.

Hardaker hobbled out of Tigers’ 38-24 win over Leeds Rhinos last Thursday after suffering a leg injury in the second half, but coach Daryl Powell said it was not as bad as first feared.

“He was in pain when he came off, but when you get a whack it takes time to get over it,” Powell said.

“He could potentially have gone back on if we had needed him to.

“He just got a knock when [Leeds hooker Matt] Parcell scored.

“He was pretty bruised on the knee, but he will be fine and he should be all right for this week.”

Roberts was taken off early in the second half due to a back problem and Powell added: “He is going to get a scan.

“He is getting a little bit of back trouble referring down to his hamstring a bit and we are just making sure there is nothing we don’t know about in there.

“It has been a bit uncomfortable for him, but you wouldn’t know – he has been playing well.”

Powell said Moors suffered a knock to a cheek against Leeds, but Matt Cook (back) and Oliver Holmes (groin) could both be available for Sunday after missing last week’s derby.

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