Gale ruled out for the remainder of 2019
Luke Gale will miss the rest of the 2019 Super League season because of his Achilles tendon problem, Castleford Tigers have confirmed.
The 31-year-old half-back has failed to feature for Daryl Powell's men so far this term after he suffered the serious injury during pre-season training.
There was initial hope that Gale might play some part for the team, but that has been dashed by the Tigers' head physiotherapist, Matt Crowther.
On the England international, who will now focus on being fit for the 2020 season in February, he said: "His injury was a nine months to a year sort of injury, and people forget that he'd not just ruptured his Achilles tendon but he had a patellofemoral joint issue as well.
"It was the same as Fozzy [Alex Foster]. 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."
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