After an injury hit 2018, England half-back Luke Gale will have been keen to have a big Super League season this year where he would have been keen to help his Castleford teammates to silverware after their strong recent seasons.
However, after suffering a serious achilles injury in training, the 30-year-old may well be set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines. Initial reports suggest that it could rule him out for the entire season but there is yet to be formal confirmation of the length of his absence. In a statement released on the Tigers’ official website, it was revealed that Gale is set to see a specialist this week for assessment but the club’s Director of Rugby admitted that it didn’t look great for the 2017 Super League Man of Steel.
“Luke has suffered a suspected ruptured achilles tendon during training over the weekend. He will be seeing a specialist to assess the seriousness of the injury but unfortunately the prognosis doesn’t look great,” he explained, adding praise for how the Cas’ talisman has reacted to off-season knee surgery in preparation for 2019. “This is likely to be another significant setback for him but having known Luke for many years I know that he is an extremely strong character and a resilient member of our squad who will be doing everything he can to overcome this latest hurdle and return fit and healthy to the Tigers fold in the future,” he continued.
While not confirmed, it may be that the club can remove his salary from the club’s cap for the season which would obviously allow Daryl Powell and Wells to recruit a replacement for Gale. That, however, may not ring true – further information will no doubt emerge in the coming days and weeks.