Wheeldon is sidelined for ten weeks

Castleford's Scott Wheeldon.
Castleford's Scott Wheeldon.
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CASTLEFORD TIGERS have been struck by yet another injury blow.

Coach Daryl Powell revealed forward Scott Wheeldon is facing up to 10 weeks on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury in last week’s defeat at Wigan Warriors.

Tigers went into the game without a host of senior players, including Luke Dorn, Justin Carney, Oliver Holmes, Matt Cook, Nathan Massey, Scott Moore, Denny Solomona and Mike McMeeken, plus Andy Lynch, who was rested.

And Powell said: “Scott Wheeldon has got an mcl (medial collateral ligament) injury, which is not great.

“He is going to be in a boot for six week and probably missing for 10.

“It’s disappointing for Scott, because he has been going okay for us.”

Lynch will be available to face his former club Hull in the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup on Saturday and Powell added: “Massey, Holmes and Moore will be back in, so we’ve got some troops to come back.

“Massey has a wrist injury and Holmes a bit of a knee. They could have played at a push.

“Scott Moore’s got as broken toe. He played with it against Catalans and he should be okay this week.”

Long-term casualty Solomona is likely to be out for at least another week, but Powell said Dorn – who has a hamstring problem – will be monitored over the next few days. Tigers were beaten 28-0 at Wigan, but Powell said: “We just couldn’t score. There wasn’t much in it, but they were that bit more clinical than us when it mattered. We had a couple of chances we could not take and we released the pressure valve too much, but the 28-0 scoreline didn’t reflect the game.”