Castleford's Luke Gale suffers serious injury in pre-season preparations

Luke Gale of Castleford
Luke Gale of Castleford

Castleford's preparations for the new season have been rocked by a serious injury to playmaker Luke Gale.

The England international ruptured his Achilles during a training session on Saturday, shortly after undergoing knee surgery.

Gale, 30, also missed a chunk of last season because of a serious knee problem.

"Luke has suffered a suspected ruptured Achilles tendon during training over the weekend," Tigers' director of rugby Jon Wells said in a statement.

"He will be seeing a specialist to assess the seriousness of the injury but unfortunately the prognosis doesn't look great.

"The whole club is gutted for Luke, who had been progressing really well following off-season surgery to his knee.

"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."

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