Daryl Powell, the Castleford Tigers’ head coach, has said that he expects to be without Greg Eden for the rest of the season after the winger picked up a serious shoulder injury over the weekend in the team’s 38 – 14 win over Salford.

Eden is the Super League’s top try scorer and he took his tally for this year to 37 thanks to two first half efforts. However, while the team where consolidating their eleventh straight league win he was on the way to hospital to investigate how serious his injury was.

He landed awkwardly after completing his brace with a trademark acrobatic finish in the corner. Now Powell has accepted that he will probably be without the 26 year old for the rest of the campaign.

Speaking after the match Powell said, “I’m really disappointed for Greg Eden. He’ll probably be out for the year with that, which is a massive blow. He’s been going awesome for us.”

However, he went on to say that Joel Monaghan has proved himself as a winger and pointed out that he also scored in the match. He also said that the team has Jy Hitchcox and Greg Minikin and remained overall philosophical saying, “This happens, every team has to deal with a little bit of adversity. We’ll just crack on.”

Castleford are currently eight points in the lead at the top of the league table and they look certain to secure a home semi-final in the early weeks of the Super 8s.

However Powell still thinks that the team can do better, “We weren’t at our best tonight. We pulled some smart bits out in both halves but we made too many errors, particularly in the first half. But we defended really well for the most part.”