CASTLEFORD TIGERS star man Luke Gale may miss the end of the Super League season after having emergency surgery on his appendix.
Gale, who is among the frontrunners for the Man of Steel Award, was taken ill on Monday evening and had surgery on Tuesday. He will sit out at least two weeks and may yet miss the playoffs and potentially the World Cup.
“This is a freak situation that could happen to anyone at any time and it’s just really unfortunate for me that it has happened to me now at such a crucial point in the season,” he told the Tigers’ website.
“Rest assured I’ll be doing all I can to aid my recovery with an aim to getting back on the pitch as soon as possible.
“In the meantime, I’ll be 100 per cent behind my team-mates in our quest for the Grand Final to top off what has already been a fantastic year.”
Gale has been crucial to the Tigers’ success this year, so coach Daryl Powell is anxious to have him back as soon as he is fit.
“Luke has had surgery relating to his appendix on Tuesday afternoon which will keep him out of immediate action on the field” said Powell.
“We are hoping for a speedy recovery back to the field before the end of the season.”
Hull FC forward Chris Green has also suffered the same illness and will miss a month. Should Gale follow the same recovery schedule, he would miss all the playoffs and potentially the Grand Final, though he would be back in time for the World Cup.