Castleford expect Luke Gale to return in time for start of Super 8s

Last Updated July 05 2018, 18:54Rugby League
Luke Gale in action for England
Luke Gale in action for England

Castleford expect to have England scrum-half Luke Gale back for the start of the Super 8s in the second week of August.

The reigning Man of Steel has been sidelined with a fractured kneecap since April but started running again on Thursday and Castleford and England physiotherapist Matty Crowther says he should be ready to return in about five weeks.

"Luke is progressing really well from his fractured patella and cartilage damage behind his patella," Crowther said.

"He has run for the first time today on an anti-gravity treadmill, which is a machine that takes the weight off your body, and he'll return to play in about five weeks which will be the Super 8s."

Crowther had less encouraging news on the Tigers' other long-term casualties.

Utility back Ben Roberts, who has played only one match in the last three months with calf and hamstring injuries, is now facing another six weeks on the sidelines after tearing a pectoral muscle in training.

"We are 95 per cent certain it doesn't need surgery, so it will be conservative treatment," Crowther said.

Winger Greg Minikin will be out for another eight to 10 weeks after undergoing ankle surgery and second rower Alex Foster will not play again this year after having foot surgery.

More positively, Crowther reported no fresh injuries from Saturday's 44-16 defeat by Catalans Dragons and winger Greg Eden and loose forward Adam Milner are poised to return against Leeds on Sunday.

England forward Mike McMeeken is two to three weeks away from recovering from a knee injury and centre or second rower Joe Wardle is a week away from returning from a collar bone injury.


Related rugby league links

Most Read

Sporting Life Open Championship tips: Ben Coley is backing experience at Carnoustie1

The Open: Outright betting preview

Golf expert Ben Coley tipped the winner of last year's Open Championship and includes two rank outsiders among his selections for Carnoustie.

Brandon Stone2

Sky Bet punter lands dream double

One Sky Bet customer enjoyed a weekend to remember when landing an incredible 150801/1 golf double by predicting the Scottish Open and John Deere Classic winners.

Aleksandr Golovin starred for Russia in their 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia3

Transfer news and done deals

All the latest completed transfers and rumours round-up as a Russia World Cup star is being chased by Monaco and Chelsea.

Find out who our team are backing ahead of today's racing4

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Dave Ord previews Tuesday's action with the Sporting Life Daily Nap running at Beverley for Richard Fahey.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action5

Tuesday's racing preview

High On Light is Keith Hamer's best bet of the day at Beverley and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Most Read

Sporting Life Open Championship tips: Ben Coley is backing experience at Carnoustie1

The Open: Outright betting preview

Golf expert Ben Coley tipped the winner of last year's Open Championship and includes two rank outsiders among his selections for Carnoustie.

Brandon Stone2

Sky Bet punter lands dream double

One Sky Bet customer enjoyed a weekend to remember when landing an incredible 150801/1 golf double by predicting the Scottish Open and John Deere Classic winners.

Aleksandr Golovin starred for Russia in their 5-0 win over Saudi Arabia3

Transfer news and done deals

All the latest completed transfers and rumours round-up as a Russia World Cup star is being chased by Monaco and Chelsea.

Find out who our team are backing ahead of today's racing4

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Dave Ord previews Tuesday's action with the Sporting Life Daily Nap running at Beverley for Richard Fahey.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action5

Tuesday's racing preview

High On Light is Keith Hamer's best bet of the day at Beverley and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Racing Tips

Find out who our team are backing ahead of today's racing

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Dave Ord previews Tuesday's action with the Sporting Life Daily Nap running at Beverley for Richard Fahey.

Check out our free horse racing selections and preview for today's action

Tuesday's racing preview

High On Light is Keith Hamer's best bet of the day at Beverley and he has a tip for every race in the UK and Ireland.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

Next Race Off
00:55 Presque Isle Downs
9
(9)
Caloric
J: Ricardo Mejias
8
(8)
Classic Cotton
J: Addiel Ayala
6
(6)
Circuit Judge
J: Angel Rodriguez

Football Tips

Neymar in action for Brazil against Serbia

Sporting Life: Tipping record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed in July 2018.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

We have two best bets for the World Cup final

World Cup final betting tips

There's a David v Goliath battle in the World Cup final but will France prove just one game too far for Croatia? Paul Higham has two best bets.