Powell hopeful Lynch will play again this season

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell has confirmed he’s hopeful star prop Andy Lynch will be able to pull a Cas shirt on again this season.

Lynch suffered a broken leg during the closing stages of Cas’ 30-20 defeat to St Helens on Sunday afternoon, an injury that although Powell didn’t know the full extent of immediately after the game, feared it was a serious one.

Scans showed on Monday that Lynch had suffered a break in his leg which inevitably means a lengthy period on the sidelines – but Powell is holding out hope that Super League’s oldest player could yet play a part in the Tigers’ season.

“We need to find out how bad it is and whether he needs surgery or not.

“It’s not great, it is an injury to an important player for us, but he will be back before the end of the year, I would think.

“A lot depends on whether he needs an operation, but it might be a couple of months’ injury.”

Cas are already without long-term injury victim Michael Shenton, with the likes of Ben Roberts and Luke Dorn also having spent extensive time on the sidelines, too.

In fact, Powell’s resources were so stretched at the weekend that he was forced to hand a debut to 17-year-old forward Conor Fitzsimmons.