First Team Injury Update
Posted: Saturday 24th August 2019 - 2:00 PM
Head Physiotherapist Matt Crowther gives an update on the Castleford Tigers players currently dealing with injuries.
It’s been a busy season for the Tigers’ Head Physio with lot of injuries to key personnel throughout the campaign and as he sat down with castlefordtigers.com to give an injury update, he described 2019 as one of the worst years for injuries to Castleford players.
“I thought 2016 was a bad year for injuries but this season has smashed it out of the water, just the unfortunate collision injuries and things that are just way out of your own power have been unbelievable. Not just short-term but long-term stuff and obviously having senior and influential players that we’ve had out for periods of time has been unbelievable.”
With just three matches to go in the regular Betfred Super League season, Castleford Tigers sit in sixth place just outside the play-offs on points difference and only two points off second place. So, despite having a high number of injuries the Tigers are still well in the mix for the fight to get to Old Trafford for the Grand Final.
“I think if you spoke to Powelly (Daryl Powell) I think he would say that we should definitely be up there with the games we’ve lost by small margins, but from the medical perspective and how many people we’ve had missing I do think it’s great we’re still in the play-offs mix. It’s the nature of the sport with big people running fast into each other with a collision, not just in games but in training as well and other clubs have suffered heavily with injuries as well but there are clubs that have been okay with it but may suffer towards the end of the season. You never know but to say we’re sitting just two points off second place at the moment is a good achievement.”
Matt discusses the current injured list of players, details their injuries and expands on how their recoveries are going.
Liam injured both his ankle and his finger in the same game at Hull KR away, he ruptured the middle tendon of his ring finger and what that means is if you don’t get anything done with it you could end up with a ‘S’ shaped finger so we took the advice of one of the best hand surgeons in the country and he gave the advice that he needed to be in a full splint for four weeks, resting that and just being able to move the end of his finger, this will make a full recovery but he can actually play in a splint after four weeks. As for his ankle he had injured both his lateral ligaments and they’ll be about two to three weeks, so coming up to the St Helens game he should be fully fit.
Chris suffered a low grade hamstring tear in the first few minutes of one of our games and we expect him to be out for the usual four to six weeks unfortunately but ,we’ll see how our play-off hopes go and hope to get him back for any of those games.
Greg has picked up a foot joint issue which is always hard to get with that many little ligaments in there that it’s always hard to get to. Scan results have shown some soft tissue damage and he was in a boot for a few days which he’s out of now and he’s doing some rehab stuff so hopefully we’ll see him back on the field within the next week.
Good news about Michael long-term he’s got his boot off this week and has been doing some pool rehab. Unfortunately, he suffered a reaction to his tightrope which was in his syndesmosis repair and ended up with a fracture there in his leg. He’s one of the real unfortunate ones, a very low percentage that this happens to, he’ll have to do some rehab and it’s unlikely he’ll be ready for the next month so we’re going to keep a close eye on him. I would never write Michael Shenton off though, he rehabs really well and he’s a tough player so we’ll see if he could be back in time for our play-off hopes.
Junior suffered quite a serious impact injury to his hip where his hip dislocated and fractured his acetabulum at the back pulling off a big chunk of bone, so he’s had that fixed back on. He’s been non-weightbearing and only allowed to lay in a bed and stand up, so he hasn’t been able to sit up for six weeks which has been a real ask for Junior with his size. I visit him most days doing some home physiotherapy with him and he’s back on his feet now, brace removed and he’s up to 50% weightbearing building up to full in the next three weeks. He should be walking about within the next month and then we can start some real rehab with him.
Fozzy suffered a patellofemoral problem which means in layman’s terms it’s behind your kneecap, he had cracked that and had a big of a chunk of cartilage that had come away from that. Again a real unfortunate injury, impact into the floor and these are a real problem to start with so you need to act on a real low level with these, he’s had that trimmed and a repair of one of his ligaments around that kneecap which is about a nine month injury. However, his rehab is going really well and he’s ahead of schedule if I’m honest, but he’ll be joining up with the team somewhere around the backend of pre-season and hopefully fit for the start of the year.
His injury was a nine months to a year sort of injury, people forget that he’d not just ruptured his Achilles tendon but he had a patellofemoral joint issue as well same as Fozzy, it’s a double whammy for Luke but he’s doing really well with his rehab at the minute, it’s seven and a half months down the line and he’s sprinting nearly at 90%. He’s not a million miles off but what needs to happen with Luke is once he’s back in training he needs a couple of months of full training and doing the normal thing which he’s not done for at least 14 months, even after getting him back from his previous injury it was a push to get him fit for the semi-final last year, so he’ll definitely not be back for this year. A full pre-season will be perfect for him he’ll come into that fully fit but following the severity of his injuries we’ll have to look after him in pre-season but hopefully he’ll be fully fit.
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