Castleford keen to get Watts back fit
Castleford Tigers are hopeful that prop Liam watts will be back to full fitness ahead of their match with St Helens next week.
The 29-year-old has featured 25 times for Daryl Powell's side this season, but has not played since injuring his hand and ankle in a game at Hull KR earlier this month.
The Tigers are currently outside the top five on points difference and have a mounting injury list ahead of a huge few weeks.
Michael Shenton, Greg Eden, Luke Gale and Chris Clarkson are among the absentees as they also face a home game to Watts' old side, Hull FC, and then an away game at Wigan.
However, one small positive is the fitness of Watts and head physiotherapist Matt Crowther says he should be back to full fitness for the Saints match.
He said: "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.
"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."
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