Gale On the Road To Recovery
Posted: Sunday 2nd December 2018 - 5:12 PM
After an up and down season with injuries in 2018, Tigers halfback Luke Gale is hoping to hit the ground running in pre-season after his latest operation.
Gale suffered a fractured patella (kneecap) in a game against Wakefield Trinity back in April after clashing with Pauli Pauli, which saw the England international miss four months of the season.
The 30-year old returned during the Super League Super 8s but underwent another surgery after the Tigers semi-final defeat to Wigan.
“After the Wigan game I sat down with Matty Crowther and we decided that I needed an operation on my knee so we saw the surgeon and got the knee sorted at the start of the off-season,” said Gale. “Touch wood it’s been awesome ever since. I am on the road to recovery for the second time.
“When we went to see the surgeon the first time, he said there would be a slight chance that it wouldn’t work but if I went for the micro fracture surgery I wouldn’t have been able to play again last season baring in mind that we had a Semi-Final and the chance of getting to the Grand Final is said to fix it the best you can and we’ll hope that it works out. Obviously how things worked the plan didn’t come off and we had to go in again at the end of the season.”
Gale joined the rest of the first team players as they reported for pre-season training at the start of this week but his schedule is a little bit different as he works his way back.
“I’ve been doing some rehab stuff with Matty trying to make sure the quad and hamstrings are strong for the knee. I ran for the first time since the op this week. I managed ten laps of the field which felt great. Matty has to keep pulling me back a bit because as any player will tell you, you want to be back in there as soon as possible but it’s a long pre-season so there is still plenty of time for me to re-join the boys whenever that is.
“Sunday night I was excited to get back with the boys and it’s class. You miss it when you’re not here and I think we’ve had 8 weeks off so it’s good to get back with the lads. The boys have trained really hard this week, me not so much as I’ve been on the side line a bit more doing rehab. It’s hard for me to watch to be honest. The boys have jumped in head first and it’s been an enjoyable few days.”
The players will head up to Cumbria next weekend for a few days for a tough camp set up by the coaches but Gale may miss the get away due to a little bundle of joy that is due any time.
“I’m waiting for the phone call any time now, she’s due soon but we’ve seen no signs yet. We’ve just been given some information that we’re going on an camp next week and we’ve been given a list of 20 things that we’re going to need and it includes, warm clothes, sleeping bags and things like that so hopefully she comes so I don’t have to go because it doesn’t sound like a fun time.”
The Tigers players are now all gearing up to our Festive Friendly with our local rivals Featherstone Rovers on Sunday 30th December. Tickets are available in store at the Tigers Den in Carlton Lanes and the Castleford Tigers Sports Super Store in Xscape or online here. The game will kick off at 1:30pm and tickets are priced at £15 for Adults and £10 for Concessions.
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