Man of Steel Gale's season could be over

Castleford Tigers could be without Luke Gale for the rest of the Super League season after the Man of Steel underwent knee surgery.

The influential scrum-half came off worse in a collision with Wakefield Trinity powerhouse Pauli Pauli during the Tigers' 24-4 victory last Friday.

Gale was outstanding as the Tigers won their first League Leaders' Shield last year, but the England international may not play again in this campaign.

Castleford head physio Matty Crowther said on Wednesday: "Luke took a knee-on-knee clash off, unfortunately probably the biggest player in Super League, Pauli Pauli, and he's ended up with a slight crack in his patella and a little bit of damage behind that knee.

"He's had to have an operation behind that knee today and that'll probably keen him out for three months."

Tigers assistant coach Ryan Sheridan said: "It is a massive blow for us and a massive blow for Galey, but we have got to get on with it.

"Whoever plays in the halves has a big responsibility, but there is massive responsibility for the whole team now.

"He has been to see the specialist and I would imagine that he is devastated. Whoever goes in the halves has got a job to do until we get him back, but he will be chomping at the bit to get back and he will get stuck into his rehab.

"It will be a challenging period for us but there is a shared responsibility across the team now."

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